By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
TRENTON – The Trenton Public Schools Board of Education will hold three public meetings to learn what residents think about a bond proposal for facility and program priorities before drafting a ballot proposal.
All three meetings will begin at 7 p.m., and run for 90 minutes, on Dec. 4 at Hedke School, 3201 Marian; Dec. 5 at Trenton High School, 2601 Charlton Road; and Dec. 6 at Anderson School, 2600 Harrison.
The school district has evaluated its facility and program priorities for the past year with architectural, construction and school administrative input. The community forums are the board’s chance to hear what residents think of the recommendations.
The last bond, passed in 2008, addressed technology needs, building security and building climate. Some of those improvements will need upkeep, and other areas are approaching their anticipated life expectancy.
The school district expects enrollment to continue to decline, which the district attempts to offset with a limited schools of choice option for students outside the district.
The district also noted that while state funding has remained the same for the past six years, operational expenses have continued to increase.
For the first time the district will be eligible for “at risk” funding for the first time for the 2017-18 school year. Current criteria is for economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, chronically absent, victims of abuse or neglect, family history of school failure, and at risk of not reaching academic objectives.
Last summer the state Legislature increased per pupil funding for all districts, with the focus being to take the burden off local property taxes and provide more state funding where needed.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])