School officials for the Princeton Public Schools hope to have the green light from the New Jersey Department of Education next week to go ahead with putting a bond referendum on the ballot in a special election in January.
The school board would need to approve the ballot question and the dollar amount the district would seek to borrow to fund various projects next month. The special referendum vote would take place on Jan. 25, District Business Administrator Matt Bouldin said at the school board’s public meeting Tuesday night.
Districts can choose from four dates each year to hold a special election, or they can put referendums on the November ballot in the general election.
If approved by the voters, the bond referendum of up to $17 million would fund roof replacements at all six schools in the district, along with rooftop HVAC replacements. Siding would be replaced at Little Brook Elementary and Riverside Elementary, and masonry at the high school would be restored.
The roof replacements would address issues with leaky roofs, and the new rooftops would make it possible to install solar panels on them. Some school roofs are approaching 26 years old, and others will be 17 years old this summer. Mortar joints are deteriorating at the high school, and pieces of concrete have been cracking.
In December of 2018, voters passed a $27 million bond referendum. The school board chose at the time not to include the roof projects in that referendum.