The average age of the infrastructure addressed in the Referendum is 61-years-old. These buildings are in need of both updates and additions. As a school district aiming to provide the best education possible, this Referendum addresses many unavoidable obligations.
Current Growth Impact– The impact of the growth of many of our schools cannot be overlooked. Multiple schools in the Edison Township School District are experiencing either ‘severe’ or ‘peak’ overcrowding. Within the Edison Township School District, 2,949 students are unseated, meaning there are 2,949 more students than what the state has assessed the school district buildings to have space for (as seen in the long range facilities plan). This level of overcrowding shows no signs of stopping; our middle and high school populations are projected to continue growing in the coming years. This Referendum would address growth impact by adding capacity, thus reducing class sizes and overcrowding.
Safety – Now more than ever the safety of our schools is of the utmost importance. This Referendum aims to improve circulation, access, and supervision. The need for stand-alone trailers would also be eliminated, which will further contribute to the safety of schools. Improvements include more secure entryways and lobby vestibules, enhanced student pickup and drop-off locations, and increase parking space.
Infrastructure – Necessary improvement to infrastructures will help mitigate storm water runoff, drainage, and flooding conditions while providing needed energy efficiency upgrades.
Future Growth Impact – While the elementary school population is projected to decline, the aforementioned growth of our current student population occurring across our district will continue to pose problems if not addressed in the imminent future. The school district is projected to increase by over 100 students per year over the next 5 years. Students — both now and in years to come — shouldn’t have to learn in hallways. Our students deserve classrooms where they can be present in an environment conducive to learning. Additionally, this Referendum addresses the need for full-day kindergarten within the Edison Township School District and makes it possible.
Improved Educational Adequacy – The Edison Township School District wants to be known for its educational adequacy, and as of right now there is room for improvement. Along with expanded capacity, the passing of this Referendum would allow the district to match the key offerings of other school districts. These offerings include full-day kindergarten, art, music, and multipurpose activities, improved science labs, gymnasium space, and small group learning classrooms. A Brighter Edison means a brighter future.