Noting Issues That Should Be Reviewed In Presentations for Bond Referendum
To the Editor:
Ever mindful of the comment that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics, I have come across the following information.
The Cranbury students make up about 17 percent of Princeton High School’s population. The high school facilities would not now and would not for at least 10 years be above capacity if the Cranbury students were not included in the high school population. Without the Cranbury students, there would be no need for an addition to the high school.
Furthermore, the tuition rate per Cranbury student is about $17,200. According to the New Jersey Department of Education’s Guide to Education Spending, the budgeted costs amount per pupil in the Princeton Public Schools for 2016-2017 was $19,964.
In addition, according to U.S. News, Princeton High School ranks sixth among 424 high schools in New Jersey.
I have seen little of any of the above reviewed in presentations for the $137 million bond referendum. And there is little mention of how maintenance for expenses would significantly increase if the referendum covering the addition and reconfiguring of the high school is passed.
It would be helpful to all voters if the above were discussed in detail before we are asked to approve the bond.
Patricia A. Taylor