Voters in Carteret will weigh in on a $37 million referendum in September which will determine if the school district will move ahead with renovations to each of the district’s facilities, and also construct a new, state-of-the-art Junior High School.
In preparation of the referendum, DMR was contracted to update the long-range facility plan and provide schematic design services for renovations to each school and the proposed, new Junior High School.
Renovations are proposed at each of the district’s five existing schools, with projects including upgrades to the high school auditorium and bathroom, HVAC and stair tower upgrades across multiple schools.
The proposed Junior High School would educate approximately 600 seventh and eighth grade students. Completion of the project would allow for a reassignment and realignment that would result in the three existing elementary schools serving pre-K-4; the existing middle school serving grades 5 and 6; the new junior high school serving grades 7 and 8; and the existing high school serving grades 9-12. In addition to addressing overcrowding, the construction of the new school will open up space to provide full day kindergarten and additional pre-K programs. The 60,000 SF school will be arranged in a departmentalized environment, with 24 classrooms, enhanced art and music education spaces, a think tank and STEM lab.