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We identified our district’s most urgent needs, then worked with our architects to evaluate how to address them. The proposed improvements would let us better serve all students as well as the community. Reconfiguring Elementary #1 into an early elementary childhood center is central to the plan. With an expanded Elementary #1 serving pre-k through first-grade students, second grade would shift to Elementary #2, where an addition would accommodate the new grade and create space for small group instruction. 

STUDENTS RIDING A BIKE
Classroom rendering

New and renovated pre-k classrooms would have ample space for activities and storage, such as the room in this concept photo.

Middle Township Elementary #1 

Addition and renovations for pre-k 

The need: Our district lacks sufficient classroom space to keep up with our growing community. More than 100 children are on a waiting list for pre-k spots. Building an addition would provide more access to tuition-free, full-day pre-k, sparing families the substantial cost of child care, among other benefits. The extra space would let the district use more of the state funds that are available to serve pre-k-age students in the community. The state funding underscores the critical role that preschool plays in cognitive, social, emotional and physical development

Dedicating one wing of the school to pre-k would open up classroom space for other uses. Every area of Elementary #1 is occupied, and four modular classrooms are now used to accommodate  pre-k students with disabilities, art class, self-contained special education, and STEM for Gifted and Talented.

The plan: 

    • A building addition would make room for 4 new pre-k classrooms with ADA-compliant bathrooms, as well as offices, storage space and a faculty bathroom. 
    • Renovations would convert existing classrooms into 6 more pre-k classrooms with ADA-compliant bathrooms. 
    • The total of 10 added pre-k classrooms would provide space for 150 more students. (The state caps pre-k class size at 15 students.) 
    • The new and renovated rooms will be tailored to pre-k students. Older classrooms lack storage for educational supplies that teachers rotate to keep students engaged. Sinks and soap dispensers that are hard for 3- and 4-year-olds to reach would be replaced by touchless sinks that are lower to the ground.
Student reaching for the sink that's too far away

At 3 and 4 years old, pre-k students have a difficult time reaching sinks built for older children. New sinks would be touchless and lower to the ground.

Middle Township Elementary #2

Space for second grade, instructional needs 

The need: The proposal to reconfigure Elementary #1 as an early elementary childhood center would open an opportunity for second-graders. This grade level would shift to Elementary #2, with new classrooms and the benefits of staying in one school for four years of foundational learning and development.  

A building addition would accommodate the second-grade move as well as a growing demand for small group instruction. Today’s schools require flexible spaces to meet a wide variety of instructional needs and services, such as: 

    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) area with room for robotics and coding-related activities. Developing these skills prepares students for middle school and beyond, and can spark an interest in learning. 
    • ESL (English as a Second Language) for the district’s fastest-growing population. The program is now located in a gym teacher’s former office; more space would allow one-on-one support and conversational practice among classmates. 
    • Basic Skills instruction, which is now based in a classroom shared by two teachers. The need for Basic Skills has grown since COVID as students try to catch up from learning loss. 
    • Guidance office in a private, peaceful space. The guidance office is now next to the cafeteria; proposed renovations would relocate it to a centralized, quieter area of the school. 
    Students learning in a small classroom

    Students learn to speak English in a former gym office. ESL and other programs need spaces designed for small group instruction.

    The plan: 

      • A building addition at Elementary #2 would contain 9 classrooms, 2 small group instruction classrooms, boys and girls bathrooms, and a storage room and mechanical room. 
      • Updates would create more new spaces: A current guidance office, classroom, and media center would be renovated into 2 small group instruction classrooms, 2 private guidance offices and a dedicated STEM area. 
    MTSD STEM Room

    The current computer lab at Elementary #2 isn’t built for robotics and hands-on coding projects. Through the referendum, the district would renovate an area next to the library for STEM instruction and exploration.

    Upgraded unit ventilators  

    The need: Elementary school students spend much of their day in the same classroom, so air quality and comfort are especially important. Installing modern unit ventilators would enhance the flow of fresh air, humidity control, heating and cooling in classrooms. Replacement parts for the school’s older models are no longer manufactured and must be custom-made. The outdated equipment also impacts the classroom environment: Unit ventilators leak onto the floor and classrooms need portable dehumidifiers because the indoor air gets so muggy. 

    The plan:  

      • New, more efficient unit ventilators would be installed in 16 classrooms. 
      • The new equipment would connect to a central operating system.  
      • Electrical service upgrades would support the new unit ventilators. 
    HVAC unit

    Older, often noisy unit ventilators aren’t working effectively to manage humidity in classrooms. Replacements would be more efficient and could be centrally controlled.

    tennis courts with cracks
    MTSD Football field drone shot

    Athletic facilities 

    Expanded and enhanced sports and recreation opportunities  

    The need: The main grass field at Memorial Field serves many purposes for the school community and beyond. The field is used for games and practices and is open to Township recreation leagues and other local organizations, but inclement weather cuts into playing time. A synthetic turf field with an underground drainage system would recover quickly from rain, and would provide more access for community groups’ access to the field. 

    Turf would provide MTHS student-athletes with the same opportunities as their peers at other schools. MTHS is one of only four schools in its athletic conference that doesn’t have a turf field. 

    Lighting at the current field is outdated and parts are hard to replace. The rusty home-side bleachers will soon become unusable.

    The plan:  

      • A multi-sport artificial turf field at Memorial Field, with underground drainage, fencing and efficient LED lighting, would serve district students and recreation leagues/local organizations. 
      • The district has a shared-services agreement with Middle Township that would let recreation groups use the turf for free. However, the field could be a revenue source if rented to private groups. 
      • Replacement home-side bleachers and a new press box would make the facilities more functional for spectators. The configuration of the bleachers will change slightly to allow better access from the stadium entrance. 
      • Resurfacing five tennis courts between the middle school and high school would upgrade a popular community amenity.

    Here’s how to learn more

    Stay up to date on the MTPS bond referendum by checking this website regularly. Information will also be shared through social media, local news outlets and printed materials. The district will host a community-wide Q&A event later this summer.

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