School Vote March 12
Thursday, January 31, 2013 • 3:52pm
Voters in Livingston will be asked on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 to decide financing to build new classrooms and media centers in the elementary schools, and bring the older portion of Livingston High School into ADA compliance.
Livingston Public Schools for decades have performed among the very best. Achievement on test scores is at an all-time high. Many teachers have advanced degrees and a love of what they do. When the bell rings, students are ready to learn – and their parents support both their children and the schools.
But there is concern over housing developments proposed in Livingston that will be built without considering school availability. And right now, Livingston Public Elementary Schools are full. This referendum creates space for those students.
And much more.
For the past year, school officials have been examining the long-term needs of the District and formalizing a Strategic Plan that provides a blueprint for Livingston Public Schools to follow.
Among the goals is creating space to educate more special education students in Livingston Public Schools. New programs for children with disabilities were introduced this past fall. The District would like to do more, but lacks the classrooms to further expand.
In addition, three media centers date to the 1950s and ‘60s, while three other schools have come into the 21st Century. The plan is to build new media centers to replace the aging centers at Riker Hill, Collins and Harrison elementary schools.
And finally, the old portion of Livingston High School, areas untouched by renovations, will be brought up to ADA compliance.
Community forums will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 13, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 26 for voters to learn more about the plans. The District’s website will devote a page to information, including all the board presentations and discussions over the past year on facility capacity and long-term planning, and answers to your questions. Learn more by clicking here.
Send your questions and comments to schoolvoteMarch12@livingston.org.
Livingston has a history of doing the right thing at the right time for its schools. It’s one of the reasons Livingston has 50 years of incredible success with education.