SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In an effort to provide the community with information about the upcoming bond referendum, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Noreen Lishak, along with Interim Business Administrator James Damato, will hold a live, online website and Facebook information session on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Residents looking to learn more about the referendum prior to the scheduled March 14 vote will be able log on to the district’s website https://www.spboe.org or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/spboe.org/) at 7 p.m. to view the presentation as well as submit questions. All questions will be answered live as they come in.
“Our goal is to provide the public with as much information regarding the referendum as possible. Mr. Damato and I will discuss the numerous projects and their importance to the school district and the community as a whole. The online platform will allow the public to participate in the question and answer session form the comfort of their home,” said Dr. Lishak.
“We are hoping for as much community participation in the session and we intend to answer all the questions that are submitted during the live event,” added the superintendent.
In addition to the live streaming event scheduled for next Wednesday, public information meetings will also be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the South Plainfield High School cafeteria and on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Grant School media center. Additionally, district officials will be on hand to discuss the bond and answer questions at the South Plainfield High School Music Festival, scheduled for Thursday, March 2 at 6 p.m., and at the Taste of South Plainfield, taking place Monday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at the senior center.
About the Proposed Referendum
Residents will take to the polls March 14 to cast their vote on the South Plainfield School District’s estimated $29.5 million referendum. The district anticipates receiving a state aid reimbursement of approximately 40-percent of the projects’ preliminary eligible costs; based on the estimated $29.5 million bond, one-third – or around $9.5 million - of the final eligible project costs would be offset by aid.
The proposed referendum is comprised of two questions and passage would enable the district to conduct over 60 projects among its seven buildings as well as the Jost Field Athletic Complex.
Question #1 will include instructional, safety and facilities projects, including but not limited to, new windows, flooring, roofs, security cameras, heating and ventilation systems, ADA compliant bathrooms, and updated electrical panels as well as removal of asbestos, and the removal and replacement of paving, sidewalks, curbs and parking lots.
Also included in Question #1 is a new fire alarm system at Grant School; renovations to the science labs at both South Plainfield High School and South Plainfield Middle School; the construction of a new STEM lab at the high school; and new doors at the middle school.
Additionally, Question #1 focuses on projects at the district’s Jost Field Athletic Complex, including a new synthetic track, a new field house with ADA complaint bathrooms, new visitor bleachers, and a new press box as well as renovated and refurbished home bleachers.
Question #2, which will be contingent upon the passage of Question #1, pertains specifically to the field at the Jost Athletic Complex and asks the public to approve the installation of a turf field.
The complete list of projects and the estimated costs can be downloaded from the South Plainfield School District’s website (http://spboe.org/cms/lib3/NJ01001778/Centricity/Domain/4/Referendum%20Projects%20List.pdf).
The bond referendum vote will be held Tuesday, March 14 with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those who cannot get to the polls will be able to submit absentee ballots and sample ballot will be mailed to all registered voters prior to the date.
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