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Vote “Yes” for quality schools

Residents of Hoboken, a city with a growing student population, have a unique opportunity to support their public schools by voting “Yes” in the referendum for a state-of-the-art high school.

This will increase property values ​​as families decide to stay in the public school system and not move to the suburbs. It will support poor and disadvantaged students with a school with modern facilities and accommodation. The tax increase will be minimal and the return significant to the city of Hoboken.

The biggest draw for families are the schools in town. The plans for this installation are spectacular. Don’t children deserve a new building?

An investment in our children is the best investment. It’s sad when students frequent overcrowded, poorly heated and air-conditioned buildings. In fact it’s a shame.

I urge all Hoboken voters to support our children and vote for the progress of this new facility.

Vote “Yes” for quality schools.

Perry Cecchini, retired educator, Jersey City

What about academics?

How about updating the curriculum? There is no mention of academics anywhere!

How about fixing crumbling roads or sewer problems?

Looks like the faculty are going to love this idea… who wouldn’t? But the caliber of the students is what should be the main priority.

No one will approve of this unless this happens.

Students are not there just to have a “good time”. Improve academic standards.

Go now.

Judith RiegerManchester

Why not build a palace?

As a councilman, father and proud product of public schools, I urge everyone to join me in voting ‘yes’ in next week’s secondary school referendum.

Why? Because I believe exceptional public education is key to our democracy, social equity, and ensuring that “Hoboken Born and Raised” doesn’t become a thing of the past.

Ever since the Board of Ed announced its plans in mid-November (that’s when I found out about it) – there’s been a lot of passion on this topic. For me, it has been interesting to watch some members of the Vote ‘No’ camp turn into logical pretzels as they urge you – for the sake of the children! — to vote against something these kids desperately need.

Here are my top three positives:

#1. A proactive approach (for once). Time and time again, we are reactive to the problems that plague us. Flooding didn’t suddenly become a thing after Super Hurricane Sandy, but it took this catastrophic event for us to take our mitigation efforts seriously. This school, on the other hand, is forward-looking, seeking to address not only the surge of students going through the early years, but also the heightened expectations of what education looks like in the 21st century.

Let’s not wait to have to take our college students out on the bus to renovate Demarest. Let’s not wait for our primary school children to be packed like sardines into the classrooms. Let’s allow the Board of Ed to follow through on their three-part plan to modernize our district now.

#2. World-class facilities to match world-class students/teachers. Did you know that the college acceptance rate for the 2018-2021 classes is 94%, with last year’s class receiving over $17 million in scholarships? In fact, last year’s major was accepted to Yale! Our high school currently offers 23 advanced placement courses, participation in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (where one experiment was selected for a flight to the International Space Station in the spring), and a host of engineering education opportunities , medicine and vocational training. All this using outdated facilities.

This new school gives our students and teachers the opportunity to match their world-class programs with the world-class facilities (e.g., science labs, music/theater facilities, biomedical rooms, culinary facilities, centers collaboration, etc.) they deserve.

#3. Flood Mitigation/Parking and Community Benefits. The proposed high school site does not currently contribute significantly to flood mitigation in the area – while the new school will have an estimated 300,000 gallon storm water retention system included. It’s bigger than Southwest Resiliency Park. It all comes down to less stress on the local sewer system during heavy rain events and less flooding, fewer headaches for residents, and fewer insurance claims to file.

Additionally, the new school will have approximately 100 staff parking spaces, meaning 100 cars on the street and fewer turns for drivers looking for parking.

Finally, all indications are that any future proposal will almost certainly include a rooftop multi-use track/terrain. This is how the physics of space works. So Ed’s board has smartly chosen to fill that void below with gear that our community needs and can generate revenue. In Hoboken, we bemoan the lack of a swimming pool, the lack of leisure spaces, the lack of art facilities – all of a sudden many of these needs can be met. All of this adds up to four seasons of recreational facilities that we can all share.

Bonus reason. Schools should be palaces! I’ve heard commentators say it’s about building a palace, not a high school. My answer (apart from the fact that the project is in line with today’s average construction costs)… Why shouldn’t our schools be palaces? We say time and time again that the way out and progressing for most of us (me included) is through education. Yet we continually seek the absolute cheapest solution when it comes to educating our most valuable resource.

Of all the things we spend our money on in this country — a military budget larger than the next 10 countries combined, billions of dollars in subsidies for companies that pollute our environment, tax breaks for conglomerates that undermine good and the safety of their workers – I think beautiful, modern, amazing public schools are exactly what we should be investing in. Our children are the princes and princesses of Hoboken, let’s build them the palace they deserve.

Hoboken Councilman Joe Quintaro

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