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Public Forums on $32M Middletown Schools Referendum Scheduled

The referendum goes before voters on Tuesday, March 11.

The Middletown Township Board of Education will hold two public forums on the $32 million referendum set to go before voters next month.

The first hearing will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. during the board's meeting at Middletown High School North. A second hearing will be held on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at Bayshore Middle School.

The $32 million project would upgrade heating systems at the high schools and middle schools, as well as cover roof replacements for the high schools, middle schools and Bayview, Fairview, Leonardo, Lincroft, Middletown Village, Navesink, New Monmouth, Nut Swamp, Ocean Avenue and River Plaza elementary schools.

State funding would account for $12.9 million of the project, with the local share to be covered by $19.3 million in bonds. The district would not receive the state funding should the referendum not pass.

The special school district election on the referendum will be held Tuesday, March 11 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Johnny Local March 06, 2014 at 08:51 PM
MaverickMom says: "It does have to do with overcrowding Danielle as the BOE will never be able to turn around and hit the taxpayers with another referendum to do construction." Now it all makes perfect sense. That's what this is all about isn't it Tony-The MaverickMom-Fiore? The committee must want to float its own referendum but you guys don't think you can "hit the taxpayers" for another referendum so it's time to throw the kids under the bus again. Just like you did when you put Chris Aveta on the BOE and he underfunded the budget so much as head of the finance committee that we couldn't hire the teachers we needed. It's easy, all you have to do is flood the local forums with lies about overcrowding and having no plans, say the super is lying, say they are rushing it, mention turf fields, redistricting or anything else you think will upset the parents and bingo, the school referendum gets knocked down and you guys can float your own referendum. It doesn't need to be the truth, it just needs to scare people. Tony, I knew if you talked long enough you would spill the committee's beans and we would learn why you are so desperate to defeat this referendum. You guys must want to float your own referendum to put a feather in your cap and those pesky children in town are spoiling your plans. First they want libraries and now they want roofs in their schools that don't leak. The nerve of those kids standing in the way of your political ambitions. Screw em, right Tony? It won't be the first time.
danielle March 06, 2014 at 09:57 PM
I believe this plan is being voted on and "rushed" because if we do not declare our intention to use the grant to the state by June, we lose it to another district. The deadlines for this grant are a state issue, not a BOE one.
MaverickMom March 07, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Only problem is we don't lose it. We have 18mos so lets' see a real plan
Marguerite Stocker March 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Again, MaverickMom, you are incorrect. If it doesn't pass, we lose all of the money from the rod grants. Please don't continue to misinform people.

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