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Voters in Two Districts Approve $5.5 Million in School Construction

TRENTON, January 27, 2009 — Voters in Rumson Borough and Pompton Lakes approved a total of $5.5 million in school construction on Tuesday, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported today.

The Rumson school board sought $1.25 million for roof repairs, and Pompton Lakes asked voters for $4.25 million to replace 77-year-old boilers and install air conditioning in the gym and auditorium.

Of the total $5.5 million that was requested by the two school boards, more than $2 million qualifies for state aid, which has been provided through annual “debt service aid” to school districts.

The next two dates on which a school board may schedule a bond referendum question is March 10 and the Annual School Election on April 21. The Annual School Election is when voters also act on proposed school district operating budgets and elect board of education candidates.

Results of Tuesday’s school construction votes are below.

New Jersey School Construction Referendum Results
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

STATEWIDE
Total amount requested — $5,514,172
($5,514,172 requested)
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $2,038,089

MONMOUTH COUNTY
Rumson — Passed

Replace the roof at the Deane Porter Elementary School
Total amount – $1,257,235
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $502,894

PASSAIC COUNTY
Pompton Lakes
— Passed (both question)
Proposal 1:
Boiler replacement and heating/ventilation upgrades at high school
Total amount - $4,041,239
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,506,295

Proposal 2 (contingent upon passage of Proposal 1):
Install air condition to high school auditorium and gymnasium
Total amount – $215,698
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $28,900


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