School District Realignment Referendum on December 11

 
 
School District Realignment Referendum on December 11 
 
For years, North Bergen schools have excelled despite facing serious funding shortages and facility challenges. That’s because our teachers, administrators and students are some of the best in the state, and they work extremely hard every day to succeed. But they could be doing even better with modern school facilities -- and that’s what the North Bergen School Realignment Plan will mean. 
 
North Bergen’s School Realignment Plan:
 
- Purchase former High Tech High School building on Tonnelle Avenue to become North Bergen High School West Campus for grades 7-9, plus Culinary Arts and Expanded Career Technical Education for grades 9-12 
- Make renovations to NBHS West including new Auditorium Wing, new Turf Field and Student Walkway, new HVAC system and more 
- Current High School (NBHS East) to include grades 10-12 and new Business and Medical Arts programs and STEM Academy 
- Renovations to current NBHS East including Air Conditioning, Lighting Upgrades and Accessibility improvements 
- Smaller class sizes in all Elementary Schools 
 
How Will it be Funded? 
 
The North Bergen School Realignment Plan will be funded by four primary sources: 
- $26 Million in State of New Jersey School Construction Aid by passing December 11th Referendum 
- $34 Million in long term bonding with offsets to reduce annual cost to taxpayers 
- $1.25 Million annual contribution from Township from PILOT funds 
- Additional state education aid through School Funding Reform Act 
 
The Result? Zero Impact on North Bergen Taxpayers! 
 
What’s the Next Step?
 
North Bergen residents will have the opportunity to vote in a special School Referendum on December 11th. A ‘Yes’ vote will authorize the district to move forward with the plan and receive the $26 Million in State School Construction Aid. 
 
For any additional information:
Contact Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter
201-868-1000