Western New Jersey

Phillipsburg to hold referendum on Building Excellence proposal

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - The Phillipsburg School District is putting some pricey decisions to a public vote.

The school board says it will hold a referendum on September 30 where voters will decide whether the district can raise funds by selling bonds to pay for its Building Excellence proposal.

Among the capital items the bonds would finance include:

Converting the existing high school to a new middle school
Converting the barber school to a new Education Center
Construction of an enclosed walkway at the Green School
Construction of public restrooms/field house at the PAC Center
Construction of spectator stands at the high school varsity fields
Construction of additional parking at the high school

The total cost of the project will be $10.3 million, but the district will only need to raise $8.5 million through the bond referendum vote.

The rest of the funding will come from district captial reserves, and a tax increase will not be necessary, district officials said.

The district will hold a town hall meeting to allow residents to ask questions about the planned construction projects, financing and construction schedule.

That meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 6 at the Phillipsburg High School auditorium.

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