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Hopewell Gets Funding to Vastly Improve School Infrastructure

One of the most important factors of any neighborhood, especially for families, is the state of the local schools. My wife and I were particular about the local schooling system and made sure that Pennington had good schools before moving in. We did online searches, which yielded terrific results. We visited all of the schools and even spoke to locals to get a feel.

Having three children who’ve attended Stony Brook Elementary, Timberlane Middle School and  Central High School, I can comfortably endorse the Pennington schooling system to anyone who asks.

source: Greater Schools

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Even better, the greater Hopewell area just passed a referendum, taking advantage of record low borrowing costs, to fund new construction projects and upgrade and maintain current infrastructure for the entire school system. The net cost to tax payers is negligible and the upside is tremendous, as investing in the future of our community is always an investment worth taking.

Details of the entire project.

The Hopewell Valley Regional School District reported that 1,825 voted to approve while 995 voted against the plan. Voters in all districts approved the referendum, except  District 2, which votes at the Union Fire Co. in Titusville.  There, voters against the plan won by 142-141.

Voters in Hopewell Borough, Pennington Borough and Hopewell Township were asked to fund repair work, construction, alterations and other capital improvements at several schools in the district.

Among the proposed capital improvement projects is more than $7 million worth of roof replacement work and repairs for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC), especially at the Hopewell Valley Central High School and Timberlane Middle School.

Plans also call for the cafeteria at the high school, and the planned construction of a $5.2 million, 10,500-square-foot arts and wellness addition to the high school to include a new gymnasium and space for students enrolled in performing arts courses.

Hopewell Elementary and Toll Gate Grammar schools are slated to receive window replacements and roof work, according to the district. Heating and ventilation work is also due to be performed in the Toll Gate gym.

Along with building-specific projects, district officials said the referendum will pay for an updated fire alarm system and a new communications system for all of the district’s schools.

Source: CentralNJ

In short, if you’re interested in moving to the Hopewell area and have concerns about the schools, have solace in knowing that they’re fantastically run by very capable principals and a caring superintend Mr. Tom Smith. Now with the proper funding, at record low borrowing costs, Hopewell’s schools are equipped to face the challenges ahead for the next 30 years.