The referendum would go to a vote Sept. 24 in RV’s sending towns of Mount Holly,
Eastampton, Lumberton, Hainesport and Westampton.
The proposed projects target four areas the district has sought to improve through its strategic plan called Vision 2020: safety, security, health and student wellness, the school said.
Among the improvements are a new security vestibule at the main entrance, which has been funded by a $1 million grant from the Burlington County Freeholders; window replacements, bathrooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning that officials say will help students work better when temperatures rise and keep the school safer by allowing classes to keep their windows closed and locked.
The district said new HVAC systems will be a major health benefit, as more than 25% of
students have asthma or other respiratory issues.
In recent years, Rancocas Valley Regional has taken other steps to secure the school. The high school has added a full-time resource officer from Mount Holly’s police department, installed strobe lights, set up a radio system to contact security and police, and invested in a mobile app that lets administrators lock down all campus doors with the push of a button.
Though it isn’t part of the bond referendum, the school is also seeking to the district hopes to fully implement a weapon detection software by the Philadelphia software company Zero Eyes on its campuses in the near future after having tested it in June, according to Allyson Roberts, the district’s spokesperson.
The detection technology, designed by a team of former Navy SEALs, is able to recognize a weapon before an active shooter can even get inside a building. That project is awaiting grant funding from local law enforcement, and the school expects to find out by the end of September if it’s approved, Roberts said.
The school has appointed Garrison Architects for the projects in the referendum.
The impact to taxpayers with homes assessed at the township averages would pay between $50 and $78 a year to support the referendum, according to the school district.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Facebook.