Special Announcement From The Board President:
LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Falcon Community:
During the past two years, I have noted the issue of our growing student enrollment in the Falcon Flyer, at Board of Education meetings and during Back to School presentations. As I have previously stated, our student enrollment has grown by over 1,781 students in the past eight years, which has caused our aggregate school enrollment to exceed the functional capacity of our schools by 1,500 students. We are expecting another 1,500 students in the next five years.
In a series of presentations at Board meetings over the last two years, and in a participatory and public process with the Student Growth Advisory Committee, we have reviewed the enrollments, the facilities, available sites and the curriculum, explored alternate solutions and developed a best solution to meet our immediate needs. That solution is a new middle school.
The Board of Education approved a resolution to hold a special election on March 13, 2018 for the purpose of placing a Referendum Question before voters. This Referendum, if approved, authorizes the District to raise funds through the sale of bonds to finance the construction of a second middle school. The Referendum proposes a new 152,315 square foot, 1000-student middle school, which would alleviate the overcrowded conditions in our current middle school and provide equity in programs offered to students.
The Board of Education and the District Administration understand the financial implications of a Referendum on the taxpayers in Monroe Township. That is why we have continued to pursue our fair share of state aid, which resulted in an additional $458,000 in state aid this year. And, we are still working to increase that amount.
The Monroe Township Public School District is a leading academic institution in Middlesex County. This reputation is created by hard-working students, great teachers and supportive families. Whatever our students choose to do, they not only succeed, but they succeed at the highest level. Wonderful musicals, brilliant stage performances, elite level STEM and business programs and championship athletic programs are all annual achievements that, while lauded, are never taken for granted. It has been my pleasure to be a part of all the great things your children accomplish every day.
We all know how special Monroe Township is, which is why so many have decided to raise their families among our caring and growing community. Growth is inevitable and it comes with challenges. In spite of seven consecutive years of two percent budget increase limits, the Monroe Township School District maintains one of the lowest per pupil costs in all of Middlesex County, while continuing to rank among the best school districts. It is only a matter of time before our class sizes negatively impact District rankings, property values and, most importantly, the overall education of our students. For $10.76 per month on the average house assessed at $312,219, these challenges are resolved for the foreseeable future.
Please review the Referendum information on the District website. Familiarize yourself with the wealth of data there, save the date on your calendars, and come out and vote on March 13, 2018.
On behalf of the Monroe Township Board of Education, and the entire staff of the Monroe Township Public Schools, I thank you for the opportunity to work with your children on a daily basis.
Dr. Michael G. Kozak
Superintendent of Schools