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Referendum Information
 


Administration Building
25 Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4200



April 2, 2014 - Track Update

The final phase of construction to build the new track at Princeton High School is scheduled to begin soon.  The work began in the fall was interrupted due to unseasonably cold weather and unforeseen conditions with the track sub base.  In order to start this last phase of construction, we need temperatures of at least 50 degrees without precipitation. This last step will include the final surfacing and striping of the running lanes, the jumping areas and runways.  The work is anticipated to last for approximately two weeks, with an additional couple of days afterwards for striping.

February 2014

We are eagerly awaiting the "big thaw" to complete the final phase of the Princeton High School track. As soon as Mother Nature cooperates and the temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees, the work -- which involves cleaning and prepping of the sub surface and the installation as well as curing and lining of the track surface -- will resume.  This final phase will take approximately two weeks to complete, depending upon temperatures and the amount of precipation during that time. We will keep you apprised of our progress as the project moves forward.


92313_32406_5.jpgSeptember 2013

What a difference a summer makes!  If you were at any of our schools in July or August, you saw that we were on the move all summer long working on referendum-related projects. Unbelievably, we tackled all projects simultaneously and they went very well. Whenever you are in or near John Witherspoon Middle School, be sure to stop by the beautiful new Learning Commons. If you missed the dramatic transformation of the space, take a look at the photo to the right.

In addition, less spectacular -- but equally important -- work has been underway throughout the district, such as new air conditioning, fire doors, and cabinetry. All of these things matter in providing the best learning environment possible for our children.


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Some things you will notice, especially if you attend a sporting event at the high school in the near future, are the new turf field, press box and bleachers. Our fall teams are initiating the facilities during the first home games of the season.

Make sure to stop by and see some of the wonderful changes that are happening throughout the district. Thanks again to our community for supporting our schools.








July 2013

Work is proceeding at a steady clip throughout the district, including at the new JW Media Center pictured below. The center features a "Media Cloud" suspended from the ceiling that will house equipment for projecting images and other media into angled walls in each corner of the room. In addition, the center features special project rooms, pictured below to the right of media cloud.

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May 30, 2013

A previous award to MJJ Construction for renovations was rescinded and the bid was rejected for renovations/alterations at the elementary schools and Valley Road. A new bid has been advertised and opens on June 11.

April 30, 2013

The bid for the Princeton High School project, in the amount of $2,508,161, was awarded to Ray Angelini, Inc., out of Sewell, N.J. Notice to Proceed has been issued and work will begin shortly.

Work at John Witherspoon Middle School has commenced.

Early April, 2013

The bid for work at John Witherspoon Middle school was awarded to Fasolino Contracting of Sewell, N.J., coming in under the originally projected cost. Bids for other projects at the high school, elementary schools and the Valley Road athletic fields were rejected because they came in over budget. The projects are being reviewed and "value engineered" by professional, with rebidding slated for later in the month.

January 2013

Bond Sale Yields Favorable Rate
Princeton Public School's bond sale, in anticipation of $10.98 million of work slated under the referendum proposal, closed with a historically low lending rate of 1.43 percent for the district.

The lower-than-anticipated rate will translate into a substantial savings for taxpayers, according to Stephanie Kennedy, Business Administrator for Princeton Public Schools.  Princeton voters approved the facilities spending in a special referendum last September, at which time the interest rate projected by bond counsel and district was 2.5 percent.

“The 1.43 percent interest rate means that the debt service will be more than half a million dollars less than was originally projected,” said Mary Lyons, a financial advisor with Pheonix Advisors, who helped with the sale of the bond. “These are historically low rates.”

A number of factors led to the lower interest rate, not least of which was the district's Aaa rating by Moody's, which was re-affirmed this month after interviewing Kennedy and reviewing the district's financials, including the most recent audit. The Aaa rating is held by only a handful of school districts in New Jersey.

“This is great news for the taxpayers,” said Kennedy. “This means that we can get all of the projects done for fewer tax dollars over 10 years than we had originally projected.”

Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley, an investment firm out of Chicago that sells municipal bonds, won the bid against such competitors as PNC Capital, UBS Financial, Raymond James, Janney Montgomery Scott, and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, all of whom submitted bids during the public auction.

With the successful sale of the bond, the district can move forward with the planned construction projects, many of which will go out for bid in February and will be completed by fall 2013.

“This is a great way to start off the referendum project,” said Kennedy. “It is also good timing for budgeting the 2013-14 debt service.”


Design & Architecture > We are at the final phase of completing architectural drawing and finalizing engineering        specifications.

Bids > We expect projects to go to bid by early February. Bid awards will be made by late February or early March.



OVERVIEW OF PLANNED PROJECTS:


District-Wide
Princeton High School
John Witherspoon Middle School

  • Door replacements (LB, RS, JP, CP)
  • Window replacements (JW, PHS)
  • Select roofing replacements
  • Gym ventilation unit replacements (all elementary schools)
  • Sensor-controlled lighting (PHS, JW)
  • Extension of wireless networking
  • Replacement of fixed storage units in select elementary classrooms
  • Improved drainage
  • Reconditioning of paved areas (CP, JP, JW, VR)
  • Playground safety measures (all elementary schools)
  • Energy-efficient climate controls (JP, PHS)
  • Select interior fire-door replacement (CP, JW, VR)
  • Refurbished baseball fields
  • Track, turf and bleacher replacements
  • Refurbished practice fields
  • Select locker replacements
  • Team room improvements
  • Brick re-pointing and waterproofing
  • Classroom renovations to create added instructional space
  • New flooring, ceiling and fixtures in locker room
  • ADA entrance ramp
  • Energy-efficient gym lighting
  • Re-purposing of old gym into media center
  • New auditorium seating and sound & lighting systems
  • Energy-saving window awnings
  • Emergency generator circuit
  • Air-conditioning of second-floor classrooms
If you would like to see what specific projects are slated for your child's school, click here: K-12ScopeofWork.pdf




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