MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Board of Education met for a quick meeting on Aug. 22 where Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar announced that the voting for the Sept. 26 referendum questions will be at residents’ usual polling places.
The referendum question will ask residents for the $17.6 million in renovations the district needs for items such as roof repair, air conditioning, and bathroom renovations, but at a state debt service “discount rate” of only $10.5 million.
“That is a 40% savings,” Rovtar said. “At a time when construction costs and interest rates are very favorable, yet the two percent tax levy cap has limited our ability to fund all of our capital needs through our annual budget.”
She said voting would take place from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the 26th, and urged those interested in more information to visit the district website at: referendum or call her office if a group would like a presentation regarding the referendum.
Business Administrator Katine Slunt said the summer projects for the schools are on track for the first day of school, with the biggest, the classroom and media center renovations at Hilldale Elementary, slated to finish on Aug. 25.
The projects include:
- Renovating the Hilldale Media Center in order to create small group instructional space.
- Opening and resurfacing the high school weight and spin room to provide more accessibility to the students.
- Re-flooring the high school guidance and child study team offices.
- Creating new office space for the relocated office of technology in the high school.
- Re-configuring the student drop off area at William Mason.
- Repairing parking lots and curbing throughout the district.
Rovtar also reported the latest violence figures for the district. For the second six months of the 2016-2017 school year, there were three incidences of violence, one incidence of vandalism, and three incidences of substance abuse. Two of the incidences of violence were at the high school and one was at Lazar, the vandalism was at the high school, and one of the three substance abuse cases was at Lazar. There were no weapons incidences reported. As far as harassment/intimidation and bullying reports, there were two reported at Cedar Hill Elementary, seven at the high school, one at Lazar, and one at Woodmont.
School starts on Sept. 6 for all seven of the Montville Township public schools.