Over the Next 5 Years
John P. Stevens High School’s current student enrollment exceeds the state recommended operational capacity by over 500 students. As students move through the school system over the next 5 years, that number is estimated to increase by another 500 students. Expanding our school district’s high school buildings will preserve the quality of our education by preserving full-day class schedules for our high school students instead of requiring split schedules (double session). Additions would eliminate the need for the 3 trailers that are currently used as classroom space and the future need for additional trailers, which would take up parking space.
JP Stevens High School has a current District Practice Operational Capacity of 2,101 including three trailer classrooms. Its 10-Year enrollment projection is 3,026 students, which results in a projected capacity gap of 925 students. The new rooms shall increase the District Practice capacity to accommodate the capacity gap and improve functional operations. John P. Stevens High School will see substantial renovations through the referendum that will not only address current overcrowding issues, but also improve the educational quality of our students as they prepare for college.
The additions and renovations are not only improving the students’ quality of education, but also improving the community. The overcrowding is due to the fact that many people want to move to Edison because of the school district. However, if the schools are forced to utilize more trailers and come up with more short-term solutions, less people will want to move to Edison, resulting in the decrease of the value of your home. This referendum will create a better learning environment and continue to positively affect the community.