HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Tuesday, September 24, between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., residents will have the opportunity to vote in the Hawthorne Public School Renovation Referendum, which would allocate some $24.4 million dollars, of which 40% is said to be serviced by the State of New Jersey, towards making repairs to infrastructure, upgrades within the schools, and enhancing the students' educational experiences in the public schools. The buildings are, on average, 86 years of age and the Board of Education has reached out to the town over the spring and summer through a series of public forums to make the case for the referendum, showing pictures of old, damaged facilities in need of work. The 2% budgetary cap has proved a difficult obstacle for actuating larger projects, and the Board of Education has said that passing a referendum is the best way to make the funds available for needed renovations in a timely and effective manner.
As TAPinto Hawthorne reported back in May, electrical work, new windows, roof repairs, security, doors, and other aspects of the schools would be improved and brought into compliance with the newest standards as well as with an aim of reducing utilities demands with more efficient heating systems.
Superintendent of Schools Richard Spirito said through social media that, "On Tuesday, September 24th, parents will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed Referendum for the Hawthorne Public Schools. One important item included in this referendum is a 1 to 1 Chromebook Initiative for all students in Gr. 6-12. Please remember to vote between 6am & 8pm."
The polls will be held at their usual locations throughout the borough and sample ballots were mailed out the week prior by the Passaic County Clerk's Office.
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