The holiday season always strikes me as a time for gratitude and I am especially grateful for the responsibility I have been given within our community and for the constant support the Point Pleasant Borough School District receives for our efforts year after year. We are very conscious of our schools’ place in our community’s history and in the path we set for its future.
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, you’ll be asked to vote on a $15.9 million bond referendum that will be used to fund critical repairs throughout the district. The projects specified in the referendum - roofs, boilers, heating & ventilation units – are not cosmetic or whimsical. These are the vital systems of our schools. Their needs are not the result of improper maintenance or defective equipment; they are simple age-based deterioration. Our Facilities Department and custodians do an excellent job with repair and maintenance; and it is because of their hard work that the district has successfully prolonged the need for these measures, but these projects can no longer be responsibly delayed. The benefits we enjoy and the successes we reap in our schools each year are the result of years of investment by generations of Point Pleasant residents, it is our obligation to them and our duty to our current students and their families to protect this investment by keeping our facilities safe, comfortable and secure in a manner appropriate to our students’ needs.
When voters pull the lever on December 10, you will be insuring the integrity of our school facilities by replacing aged, out-of-warranty and increasingly difficult to repair roofs at risk of water infiltration and structural compromise. You’ll be insuring the health of our students and employees by replacing aged climate and air systems. You’ll be insuring the sustainability of your investment by replacing equipment that drag on efficiency, maintenance and operational costs. You’ll be insuring your long-term commitment to the quality of life we residents of Point Pleasant Borough demand and enjoy.
Point Pleasant Borough School District administration and staff are honored by our schools position as the heart of our great community. We humbly recognize and appreciate the influence our schools cast on our Borough’s quality of life. Our schools’ tradition of excellence and our students’ consistent high achievement translates into an increased sense of security and prosperity that attracts residents and stabilizes property values. And because we understand our district’s health and well-being is based in the condition of our school facilities, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that our facilities are maintained adequately to preserve their health now and into the future.
The referendum project budget is the fruit of laborious innovation and creative planning, and Central Administration and the Board of Education believe that the proposed plan represents the district’s most conservative and responsible needs.
Delivering a first-class educational experience to the children of Point Pleasant Borough while remaining accountable to taxpayers is a commitment we make to each other, and fulfill year-after-year as Point Pleasant Borough Schools consistently rank among the highest in the state at one of the lowest per pupil costs. This excellence is the measure of remarkable support our schools receive from the Point Pleasant Borough community. The District is fortunate to benefit from a collaborative relationship between the Board of Education, faculty, students, parents and school organizations like the PTO and Athletic and Band Boosters. This cooperation allows the District to continue to offer our students diverse opportunities in the classroom, on stages and fields, and out in the community, and we thank you for this support.
The referendum election is Tuesday, December 10; polls will be open from 2:00 – 9:00PM. Please remember to vote, doing so not only fulfills your civic duty but also sends a positive message to your children, encouraging their future participation in the democratic process.
The opportunity to vote on issues such as these, perhaps more than any other circumstance, allows us to voice our opinions and make it clear how we choose to manage our community and express our vision and our priorities for our future.
Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools