WARREN, NJ - The first Warren Township Board of Education meeting of 2019 was held with two of the three new members sworn in, a board president and vice-president named, and the upcoming referendum vote discussed.

For entry into the minutes, Business Administrator Pat Leonhardt provided the Somerset County Clerk certified results of the Annual School Election, held on November 6, 2018:

Watchung Hills Regional - One (1) Three Year Board of Education Seat

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● Gregory Przybylski

Warren Township - Three (3) Three Year Board of Education Seats

● Aaron Bellish

● Marc Franco

● Naresh Chand

 

Bellish, of Saw Mill Road, and Franco, of Stoningham Drive, ran unopposed, and Chand ran successfully as a write-in candidate.

 

The Oath of Office was administered to Bellish and Franco by Leonhardt. Dr. Chand was unavailable to attend and will take the Oath of Office at a later date, Leonhardt said.

 

David Brezee and Lisa DiMaggio were unanimously re-elected as president and vice president of the Warren Township Board of Education.

 

Top of mind for the board is a “ No Tax Impact” Referendum vote on Jan. 22. Voters in Warren Township will decide the future of a $6.5 million zero-tax impact referendum that allows for a combination of the District’s capital reserves and state aid for ZERO TAX IMPACT as a result of the referendum. With voter support, the state will provide $2.2 million of aid for the projects with the remainder to be paid out of the district’s capital reserves, in full, with no impact on the tax levy.

Information on the referendum from the Warren Township Board of Education is as follows:

The Warren Township School District is in need of capital improvements to maintain school facilities and provide for the health and safety of students and staff. The District has been methodically saving for such needs through its capital reserve fund for several years. The District will receive approximately 34% of the project costs from the state if the referendum described below receives voter approval.

 

PROJECTS

COMPLETED

WOODLAND SCHOOL

Partial Building HVAC Upgrade

(Completed Summer 2018

 

WITHIN THE REFERENDUM

ANGELO L. TOMASO SCHOOL

Boiler and Pumps Replacement

Partial Building HVAC Upgrade

CENTRAL SCHOOL

Partial Window Replacement

Partial Building HVAC Upgrade

MT. HOREB SCHOOL

Boiler and Pumps Replacement

WARREN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Boiler and Pumps Replacement

Partial Roof Replacemen

 

Total Anticipated Cost                 $6,500,000

Anticipated State Debt Service Aid -$2,210,000

District Cost (fully funded from district’s Capital Reserve) $4,290,000

 

With the combination of the District’s capital reserves and this state aid, there would be ZERO TAX IMPACT as a result of this referendum.

 

Polls will be open on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

 

 

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