March 14, 2023
Page Last Updated: 2/4/2023
Why is the MTSD proposing this project?
1. Over the past few years, the MTSD Board of Education and Administration has successfully addressed many of our facility needs. The current K-12 district-wide facility needs cannot be accommodated/completed within the annual operating budget.
2. Two previous failed referenda have compounded operational and curricular challenges and inequities throughout the district.
A. 2018 Failure: A new Middle School
B. 2019 Failure: A new Middle School & High School Addition
3. Many of our aging schools are still equipped with original windows, doors, and other infrastructure items that have reached the end of their life expectancy.
4. Current INTEREST RATES are rising and promptly securing the current rate is fiscally responsible.
5. We have been approved for debt service aid! The New Jersey State Department of Education approved our request for debt service aid and will fund approximately $17 million of our referendum cost.
6. Every year that passes is another class which is subjected to overcrowding, impacted program evolutions, & marginalized learning experiences.
Impact on Curriculum Programs
K-12 District-wide Program Expansion, Balancing, & Development
The ability to evolve services and programming for all types of learners will be enhanced.
Successful building augmentation and expansion will relieve scheduling restrictions, allowing for increased instructional parity and equity in the fine, practical, and performing arts.
Special services that are shared between buildings will have the opportunity to become truly building-based, increasing overall service efficacy.
Once completed, building utilization (and subsequent restrictions) will be eased and allow for deeper programmatic development in conjunction with aftercare services.
Currently, explicit curricular computer science units are featured in grades 8-12. The addition of classrooms (and ensuing facility balancing) will allow for the expansion of critical computer science programs.
Curricular and co-curricular competitive robotics programs are currently limited to grades 9-12. The addition of classrooms (and ensuing facility balancing) will allow for the expansion of our competitive robotics programs.
Enrichment Services & Remediation Services
Eliminating operational restrictions resulting from facility challenges will create opportunities to develop year-round enrichment and remediation services for all learners in our school district.
Have a question? Contact us at Referendum@monroe.k12.nj.us