On Oct. 2, voters of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School district will consider a $12.59 million bond referendum that would renovate and reconfigure space. The proposal aims to better serve the educational, technological, and safety needs of RFH students. Projects focus primarily on renovation rather than new construction. Reconfiguring existing space will enable greater efficiency and flexibility in classroom space and technology use.
The proposal includes upgraded science labs, an updated media center, and renovated classrooms – modernizations that recognize the way education relies on a collaborative approach and blends instruction with hands-on practice.
The Board of Education’s goal is a tax-neutral proposal that seeks important educational improvements without contributing to a higher tax rate. Tax neutrality is possible because RFH is a few months away from paying off a bond that funded previous projects. This creates an opportunity to meet the current and future needs of RFH students in a fiscally responsible manner.
Tax-neutrality is only one reason to consider a bond referendum. The other is the state’s offer of Debt Service Aid to cover 32% of the costs. This state aid is only available when a district’s voters approve bond funding through a referendum.
This RFH website is the most up-to-date source of information about the proposal. This is the place for details about the projects, information about how, when and where to vote, and Frequently Asked Questions and their answers.