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Aug 08, 2022

Shrewsbury Borough School Invites the Community to Bond Referendum Informational Events

The Shrewsbury Borough School District invites the community to several in-person and virtual events in September to learn about the Oct. 6 bond referendum.  Borough residents can learn about the projects and ask questions before the Oct. 6 vote.

  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 10 – 11 am: In-Person Info Session at SBS Media Center 

  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 – 8 pm: In-Person Info Session and Building Tours at SBS Media Center 

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 – 9 pm: Virtual Info Session on Zoom (visit sbs-nj.org/vote for the Zoom link)

  • Visit sbs-nj.org/vote to find other opportunities to engage 

These events will lead up to the vote on Thursday, Oct. 6. The district is asking the community to consider one ballot question that would provide funding for safety and security upgrades, critical maintenance, and a 21,300-square-foot addition to help keep class sizes small and expand the pre-Kindergarten program.  

“This special vote is important to the future of our school and gives the community a voice and a vote,” said Superintendent Brent MacConnell. “While our school building is well maintained and a source of pride for this community, it needs to have updated security and safety features and be enlarged to meet the needs of our current and future students.”  

Residents who attend the two in-person info sessions can interact and ask questions one-on-one of the district’s architect, financial adviser, bond counsel, teachers, board members, and superintendent. The evening session will also allow for building tours to see locations in the school that would be upgraded if the referendum passes.  

The virtual session on Sept. 20 provides another opportunity for residents if they cannot attend an in-person event. Residents can ask questions during the virtual session or in advance by emailing referendum@sbs-nj.org. 

“We hope to see all Shrewsbury Borough residents at these events,” said Board of Education President Jessica Groom. “A bond referendum provides a smart financial path for our community to make critical upgrades to the school at a significant cost advantage.” 

If approved by voters, the projects will cost $22.5 million, and state aid would cover $4.7 million, or 21%. This is money that Shrewsbury residents have already paid through state taxes that they can now bring home to invest in Shrewsbury Borough School.  

The net tax impact is estimated to be around $44 per month for a home assessed at Shrewsbury’s average of $580,785. This is the “net tax impact” because the district will finish paying off debt in 2023 from the last bond referendum and will simultaneously take on new debt if the bond referendum passes. Visit sbs-nj.org/vote for a tax impact calculator and more information.