If all goes as planned, Lawrence Township residents will be voting on a school referendum on January 23rd, 2018. Building enhancements, sought by a referendum, would seek to improve the climate of district buildings and enhance safety measures.
Before discussing possible improvements, Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) asked parents and caregivers their thoughts on the subject at each school’s back-to-school night, this past fall. With the top requests in hand, a “Community Conversation” event was held, on November 3rd, and requests were ranked by attendees. The main issues brought to the conversation, in order of priority (highest to lowest), were installing: classroom air conditioning throughout the district, updating boilers, installing an elevator in the middle school, and enhancing life safety measures (such as fire, intrusion, and access control).
Under the professional guidance of an architect, project scope will soon be determined along with an estimation of cost. When complete, the district will request funding from the New Jersey Board of Education. Depending on how much they agree to, the LTPS board will decide whether or not to go through with a referendum (see fig.1).
If the board decides to pursue building improvements through a referendum, construction is estimated to take three years to complete.
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