VERONA, NJ - Dr. Rui Dionisio announced the details of the 2019 Verona Bond Referendum, which will be put to vote during the Nov. 5 election. Noting that Verona’s schools and facilities are close to 100 years old, Dr. Dionisio stressed the importance of the repairs and upgrades to the district’s schools.
A needs assessment dating back to 2005 identified $67 million in capital improvements. The Board of Education spread out the projects over a long period of time because the cost was too high for one referendum. Priorities were identified and referendum projects take place every 5-8 years.
The 2019 referendum will include two questions.
Question 1 includes roofs, windows, stage rigging, paving, masonry, elementary school playgrounds and resurfacing, boiler repairs, HBW track replacement, school security enhancements, VHS/HBW locker rooms and trainer rooms, floor/wall tile, gym floor replacement, HBW façade/gutters, and phone communication system. The cost per taxpayer is $174 a year, or $14.50 a month.
Question 2 focuses on air conditioning, and the cost per taxpayer is $43 a year or $3.50 a month.
For more information, two additional bond referendum presentations will take place:
September 28, 10:00 am., Verona High School
October 12, 2:00 p.m., Verona High School
Those who can’t attend the presentations can visit https://www.veronaschools.org/domain/1191?fbclid=IwAR2LIBQBJZd4kIwCKmctJHsA_SJ7OvHP3IVRLRcyA9YrlJo3_BOgazxiSsY for more details.