Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff, 

I am heading off to my family’s annual week of rest and relaxation in Cape Cod. I hope you are all enjoying much of the same! The district will be in good hands under the supervision of our two Assistant Superintendents, Business Administrator and Special Services Director and school administrators.

We have been asked by PSE&G to let you know about a gas safety exercise they will be conducting on Eliot Place in Short Hills on Wednesday, August 10. The utility will simulate construction damage to a gas pipe, so as to test and enhance gas leak response procedures and coordination with local emergency responders. More information and details may be found in this letter from PSE&G.

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On the topic of safety, the largest component of the proposed Referendum contains a number of critical health and safety projects at all of our 50-plus-year-old buildings. These improvements include fire and burglar alarm upgrades, a district wide communication system, as well as restroom renovations and air conditioning units that will enhance learning environments for all students. 

You can find out more about these projects in Episode 6 of our “Investing in Excellence” video series, “What are the Health and Safety Projects Anyway?”

As a reminder, the Referendum VOTE is September 27. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be one question on the ballot asking voters to approve all referendum projects, health and safety, additions/renovations for innovative curriculum enhancements, and the purchase of the Millburn Regional Day School. The state will provide debt service aid in the amount of $7,618,199. That brings the net cost of the proposed referendum to $17,974,977 down from the total cost of $25,593,176. Over 25 years, the tax impact on the average home in Millburn- Short Hills assessed at $1 million dollars will be $134.19/year.

We have one more summer tour of the Washington School on Tuesday August 16 at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP here. There is still time to Register to Vote (by September 6) and to apply to Vote By Mail (by September 20). Stay up to date on the Referendum at our Referendum website. Please email us with questions and comments at


Christine Burton

Dr. Christine Burton

Superintendent of Schools