road to referendum
Hillsdale Public Schools
Our aging middle school has been discussed for a long time.
Now a solution is proposed for our learners and community.
The Hillsdale BOard of Education
voted unanimously in June 2022 to move forward with an estimated $82.5 million bond referendum to replace the century-old George G. White Middle School. This website will grow with more information as Hillsdale moves closer to a public vote on March 14, 2023.
What is a Bond referendum?
ReplacE The aging
MIDDLE SCHOOL ...
MIDDLE SCHOOL ...
George G. White Middle School has long shown its age. The building lacks the characteristics that form the foundation of a 21st century learning experience, which fosters innovation, a love of learning and space to support psychological and physical wellness.
Our middle school faces extensive challenges. It lacks the physical space needed for our students and programming. Our mechanical systems - HVAC, electric, plumbing - are ailing and are the victim of many years of piecemeal fixes driven by emergency circumstances.
The building's needs include: classrooms space of appropriate size for today's learners; boilers, windows, doors and roofing; efficient and safe parent drop-off zones; staff and visitor parking; a gymnasium that meets the demands of our physical education learners and robust recreation/ community athletics; and cafeteria space and service areas that can accommodate the student population of today and tomorrow.
... WITH a New middle school across the street
what's the timeline?
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Hillsdale is awaiting final approval from the NJ Department of Education, which would be followed by updated estimates of tax impact. That impact will be based on value of a home assessed at the average in Hillsdale - a value that is usually less than market value. The district will use this website as one tool for sharing information with the community. We also will plan opportunities for the public to ask questions well in advance of the vote on March 14, 2023.