School Sets Dates To Explain Referendum

Photo courtesy Toms River Regional School District

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River School District has announced three public meetings to discuss the referendum that will be put to voters on Jan. 22.

The dates and locations will be:

  • 3 at the High School East auditorium, 1225 Raider Way, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • 7 at the High School North auditorium, 1245 Old Freehold Rd., 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • 8 at the High School South auditorium, 55 Hyers St., 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to attend these meetings, held in regional areas of the town, to learn more about the referendum, what improvements are needed, and how it will affect students and taxpayers.

An assessment of the aging schools made an estimate of more than $153 million in repairs, a press release from the district said. However, the total voters will be asked to consider is about $100 million, which would be paid off across 25 years.

Some of the projects include:

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  • Safety and security upgrades
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Repair and repaving of parking lots and driveways
  • Door and window replacements
  • Improving accessibility as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • School-based projects, like secondary science labs and elementary playgrounds

More information can be found here: trschools.com/community/referendum.