Dear parents and members of the Manalapan and Englishtown communities,
Over the next several days you will be receiving a survey from the Board of Education. The purpose of the survey is to determine the support in the community for a possible referendum. Since the decision to proceed with the referendum will be based on the results of this survey it is important that you answer the survey and return it so that your voice can be heard. The following is a copy of the survey. If you have any questions please feel free to contact my office at (732) 786-2534 or you can email me at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this very important matter.
John J. Marciante Jr. Ph.D.
Survey of Community Support for Possible Referendum
The Manalapan Englishtown Regional Schools Board of Education has developed this survey to assess the support within the community for a possible referendum. A recent review of the physical plant of the Manalapan Englishtown Regional Schools has indicated that the overall status is excellent. All roofs, six of which have been replaced in the last seven years, are in good condition. The windows in seven of the eight school buildings are energy efficient, and in four of our buildings, they were replaced in the last seven years. The kitchens and the cafetoriums in Taylor Mills School and Clark Mills School were upgraded in the 1990's. The two projects that remain to complete the modernization of the district are the following:
1. Replacement of the windows at Clark Mills School with energy efficient windows
2. Expansion and modernization of the kitchens at Lafayette Mills School and Milford Brook School
In the past several years, parents throughout the community have indicated that the Board of Education should investigate the possibility of air-conditioning all of the buildings in the district. Currently, while there is air-conditioning in various sections of all buildings, the vast majority of classrooms in Clark Mills, Taylor Mills, Lafayette Mills, Milford Brook, and Pine Brook schools are not air-conditioned. The majority of parental concerns have focused on the inequity of instruction. For approximately two months a year, it is likely that students in five buildings receive instruction in rooms with high humidity and temperatures in the high 80's while students in three buildings are comfortable. Parents have also raised possible health concerns.
After a survey of the parents of children attending the district found significant support for air conditioning the older school buildings (over 80%) as well as upgrading the windows and expansion and modernizing the kitchens at Lafayette Mills and Milford Brook schools (over 70%), the board decided that before proceeding with the referendum, it would assess the support within the community at large.
Approximate Cost of Projects
1. The approximate total cost to air-condition Clark Mills, Taylor Mills, Lafayette Mills, Milford Brook and Pine Brook schools would be $6,150,000.
2. The approximate total cost to expand and modernize the kitchens at Lafayette Mills and Milford Brook schools and install energy efficient windows at Clark Mills School would be $2,900,000.
WOULD YOU SUPPORT A REFERENDUM TO:
1. Install air-conditioning in Clark Mills, Taylor Mills, Lafayette Mills, Milford Brook and Pine Brook Schools? Yes ___ No ___
2. Modernize and expand kitchens at Milford Brook and Lafayette Mills schools and install energy efficient windows at Clark Mills School? Yes ___ No ___
3. Combination of both #1 and #2 for a total approximate cost of $9,050,000.00? Yes ___ No ___