One of the most important investments we can make in our community is to make sure that every student – starting with full-day Kindergarten to 12th Grade graduation – receives the best education possible in a safe and secure state-of-the-art learning environment.
The Woodbridge Township School District and Board of Education will present a proposal to establish district-wide, full-day Kindergarten, construct critical upgrades to antiquated schools, and enhance school security and network technology in a Special Election Referendum scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2017.
The Referendum asks voters to approve the establishment of district-wide, full-day Kindergarten that will better prepare our Kindergarten-age students as they enter full-day classes. The Referendum also provides for upgraded technology for computers, laptop and notebook devices for students in all grades, additional classrooms for art, music, SGI instructional space and science labs, much-needed security upgrades in all schools and, most importantly, the construction of a new Ross Street School #11 (the oldest elementary school in the district built in 1920) and much-needed renovation improvements to Woodbridge Middle School (the oldest school in the district built in 1910).
The Referendum proposal is part of the hugely successful partnership between the Board of Education and the Township Administration to address the needs of the school system for facility and infrastructure improvements. The Referendum projects will be funded through new revenue from economic development (CPV Generating Station, PSE&G Sewaren power plant, new warehouse and distribution centers, and downtown redevelopment projects) without burdening taxpayers. The Referendum proposal will generate NO tax increase with NO cost to residents. Over the past four years, the Township Administration has partnered with the School District to fund more than $26 million in new community recreational facilities on school grounds that include new multi-use turf football, soccer, softball, baseball and cricket fields at our high schools and middle schools, the theater at Woodbridge Middle School, along with new playgrounds and recreational facilities at every elementary school – again, at NO increase cost to Township taxpayer and residents. The bottom line is simple – the joint ventures between the School District and the Township Administration have successfully allowed for millions of dollars in improvements to school district facilities without any increased cost to taxpaying residents.
No matter the issue or event, the Township Administration, the Woodbridge Township School Board and District Administration, educators, teachers, professional staff, parents, students and residents have a long tradition of standing together to promote the well-being of our students. Woodbridge Township students – at all grades and level of learning - stand tall when comparing their achievements to students throughout the state. No district in the state can boast the number of advanced placement courses that Woodbridge offers. And, it’s a fact that many of our students are accepted to the most prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation because of the quality of their education. In short, Woodbridge students, teachers, professional staff, and parents can be proud of their work and of their schools because the Township Administration and the School District have worked together to provide a robust education.
Education is everyone’s business. We are proud to be able to work together to make our schools “the best they can be” – by not only in appearance, but in the quality of education received by each and every student.