NEW LOCATION: Referendum Town Hall Feb. 8
Posted on 02/08/2018

UPDATE: The Feb. 8 evening Town Hall will be held in the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center at 7:00 PM.

Dear families, staff, and community members,

On February 8, you are invited to attend one of two “town hall” meetings hosted by Fielding Nair International (FNI) to help shape our plans for the facilities referendum this fall. Fielding Nair is one of the architectural firms we have contracted with to develop a plan for the referendum and is considered a global leader in 21st century school design. The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for our community to discuss ideas for a new 5th and 6th grade school and the renovation and expansion of Princeton High School. 

I’m especially excited to announce that two leaders in school design, Fielding Nair CEO Prakash Nair and renowned educator Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, will be leading these meetings. They will discuss 21st century trends in learning and share best practices from around the world in school design. Both Mr. Nair and Dr. Hayes Jacobs will be partnering with us throughout the design process to ensure that we are building spaces that will help prepare our students to truly thrive in today’s – and tomorrow’s – world. 

Referendum Design Town Hall Meetings

(Open to all in our community)

February 8, 2018
9:30 – 11:00 AM
John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium

February 8, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 PM  
Princeton High School Cafeteria
NEW LOCATION: PHS Performing Arts Center

At 9:30 AM on February 8 in the JW Auditorium, Mr. Nair and Dr. Hayes Jacobs will present on the need to redefine education in the 21st century and will share how we can prepare students for today’s and tomorrow’s dynamic environments.

In the evening on February 8, Mr. Nair and Dr. Hayes Jacobs will repeat their presentation. The evening session will include more opportunities for community feedback and small group conversations. In a workshop format, participants will explore initial ideas and concepts, discuss options, and brainstorm ideas to help design the future of the Princeton Public School District. 

Below, please find more information about our presenters. 

Prakash Nair, founding President and CEO of Fielding Nair, is an award-winning architect, including recipient of the A4LE MacConnell Award, the highest honor worldwide for school design. He is also the author of two books including the landmark publication, The Language of School Design and Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning published by the Harvard Education Press.

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is an internationally recognized expert on curriculum design, upgrading school design, and modernizing assessments. The author of 13 books and numerous articles, including her latest book, Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments, Dr. Hayes Jacobs is a highly sought-after speaker and educator, and is one of the foremost experts on 21st century learning.

I hope you can join us for one of these meetings and that you will continue to be engaged as we work together to develop the best and most cost-effective plans for our students and our community.


Steve Cochrane