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Voters to Decide $50.8 million in School Construction on April 27
TRENTON, April 18, 2011—Voters in eight New Jersey school districts will act on $50.8 million in proposed school construction on Wednesday, April 27, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported today.
Of the total amount that is being requested, nearly $11.4 million would qualify for state funds. However, some of the ballots explain that the State of New Jersey is currently not releasing funding for school facilities projects, so the local board decided to pursue the project without seeking state aid.
Energy-saving initiatives continue to be popular, as three of the eight proposals include the installation of solar panels.
The Annual School Election is one of the five dates each year that school boards may hold special elections. The next date on which a school board may schedule a bond referendum question is Sept. 27.
Details of the April 27 school construction proposals are below.
New Jersey School Construction Referendums
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Total amount requested – $50,803,083
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $11,392,158
Install bleachers and related work at Riverside High School.
Total amount – $750,000
CAPE MAY COUNTY
Renovations to the Upper Township Primary and Upper Township Middle schools
Total amount – $15,918,369
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $6,367,348
Install solar panels, new security systems and technology upgrades in all seven district schools.
Total amount – $7,000,014
Improvements to the track and fields at Pequannock High School.
Total amount – $2,000,000
Install solar panels at high school, including any necessary related repairs.
Total amount – $7,043,750
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $2,817,500
Renovate and expand the Hewitt School, including roof, boilers and HVAC, electrical, technology, and other interior and exterior repairs.
Total amount – $11,195,950
Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional
Improvements to the science labs and auditorium at the Penns Grove High School. The amount to be covered locally will be allocated from funds already available in the district’s reserve accounts.
Total amount – $3,000,000
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $2,207,310
Wallkill Valley Regional
Install solar panels at the high school.
Total amount – $3,895,000
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of 588 local boards of education and includes 44 charter school associate members. NJSBA advocates the interests of school districts, trains local school board members, and provides resources for the advancement of public education.