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Voters Approve School Projects in 19 of 25 Districts

TRENTON, September 30, 2009—Voters in 19 school districts on Tuesday approved more than $166 million in school construction, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported today.

In all, 25 districts proposed school-construction questions on Tuesday. Energy-saving initiatives were common, as many of the bond questions sought approval for new and more efficient windows, heating systems, or solar panels. Eight of the 25 questions asked for funding to install solar panels; voters approved all eight.

Of the $166 million in construction that was approved, $67.2 million will be eligible for state aid through one-time school-construction grants, annual “debt service aid” payments to school districts, or rebates through the state’s Clean Energy program.

School boards may hold special elections on five specific dates a year. The next date on which a school board may schedule a bond referendum question is Dec. 8. Including Tuesday’s vote, voters this year have approved school-construction proposals in 37 of 51 communities, for a success rate of nearly 73 percent. The average success rate of the previous four years has hovered around 62 percent.

Results of Tuesday’s school construction proposals are below.

New Jersey School Construction Referendum Results
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

STATEWIDE

Total amount approved – $166,638,544  ($440,279,337 requested)

Amount covered through state reimbursement – $67,260,961 (state reimbursement may include up-front school-construction grants, annual payments of debt service aid, or Clean Energy rebates)

 

 

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Hamilton Township – Passed

Install solar panels at three schools; roof repairs at two schools

Total amount – $4,824,407

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $3,215,299

 

Northfield – Passed

Install solar panels at middle school

Total amount – $468,510

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $242,404

 

 

BERGEN COUNTY

Franklin Lakes – Passed

Renovations to three schools, including replacement of roofs, doors, bathrooms and boilers

Total amount – $1,327,900

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $531,160

 

Leonia – Passed

Renovations to three schools, including electrical systems, roofs, boilers, and solar panels

Total amount – $20,300,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $8,120,000

 

Park Ridge – Passed

Renovations to three schools, including roofs, windows, doors, boilers and solar panels

Total amount – $10,665,713

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $4,266,285

 

 

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Hainesport Township – Passed

Renovations to the Hainesport School, including roof, fire system, HVAC, windows and doors, various interior upgrades, and removal of hazardous material

Total amount – $9,626,087

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $3,850,435

 

Shamong Township – Passed

Renovations to two schools, including solar panels

Total amount – $2,560,467

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $739,967

 

Mount Holly Township – Rejected (all questions)

Proposal 1: Renovations to three schools, including roofs, electrical, fire and HVAC systems.

 Total amount – $24,068,893

 Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $14,394,200

Proposal 2: Renovations to security systems at three schools

 Total amount – $1,839,229

 Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,096,497

Proposal 3: Renovations to three schools, including sidewalks, doors and windows

 Total amount – $2,938,957

 Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,752,124

Proposal 4: Technology upgrades and removal of hazardous materials

 Total amount – $5,182,827

 Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $3,089,856

All proposals are independent questions, not contingent upon passage of any other question.

 

Riverside Township – Rejected (both questions)

Proposal 1: Renovations to playground, parking and athletic facility

Total amount – $1,732,969

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,165,962

 

Proposal 2 (Contingent upon passage of Proposal 1): Renovations including installation of an athletic field

Total amount – $1,599,683

 

 

CAMDEN COUNTY

Pennsauken – Rejected

Demolish an elementary school and construct a new school

Total amount – $34,665,986

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $2,438,457

 

Stratford – Passed

Addition and renovations to one school, renovations to another school

Total amount – $8,837,500

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $3,630,770

 

 

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Ocean City – Passed

Replace intermediate school roof and HVAC system

Total amount – $8,522,140

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $3,408,856

 

 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Lawrence Township – Passed

Addition and renovations to Myron Powell Elementary School

Total amount – $6,549,146

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $4,032,360

 

 

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Clayton – Passed

Addition and renovations to middle-high school, renovations to an elementary school

Total amount – $20,007,138

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $9,989,585

 

Pitman – Passed

Install solar panels and other energy related improvements

Total amount – $2,095,125

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,056,467

 

 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

East Brunswick Township – Passed

Construct a new Memorial Elementary School

Total amount – $23,814,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $4,238,520

 

South Plainfield Township – Rejected

Renovations at five schools, including roof, windows, boilers, HVAC projects

Total amount – $21,944,098

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $8,777,639

 

 

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Atlantic Highlands – Passed

Install solar panels at elementary school

Total amount – $490,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $196,000

 

Marlboro Township – Passed

Construct an addition to Defino Central Elementary School

Total amount – $2,522,062

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $480,480

 

 

OCEAN COUNTY

Brick Township – Rejected (all questions)

Proposal 1: Safety and security renovations to district schools

Total amount – $27,920,467

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $8,991,785

 

Proposal 2: Energy efficiency renovations to district schools

Total amount – $41,247,304

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $14,955,038

 

Proposal 3: Renovations to Primary Learning Center and enrichment center

Total amount – $12,767,119

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $2,245,828

 

Proposal 4: Renovations to high school

Total amount – $90,809,018

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $28,011,132

All proposals are independent questions, not contingent upon passage of any other question.

 

Manchester Township – Passed

Renovations to five schools and board offices

Total amount – $8,275,621

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,530,119

 

 

PASSAIC COUNTY

Woodland Park – Passed

Additions and/or renovations to three schools, including roofs, playgrounds, parking lots, roofs, HVAC and other interior upgrades

Total amount – $8,956,315

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $2,853,557

 

 

SALEM COUNTY

Pittsgrove Township – Passed

Renovations to two schools, including security systems, HVAC, windows, doors, other interior upgrades, and track resurfacing

Total amount – $3,996,413

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $2,301,625

 

 

UNION COUNTY

Rahway – Passed

Additions and renovations to six schools, including new auditoriums, offices and classrooms; upgrades to fire, security, water and electrical systems; and solar panels.

Total amount – $22,800,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $12,577,072

 

 

WARREN COUNTY

Washington Borough – Rejected

Renovations to two schools, including new unit ventilators

Total amount – $6,924,243

Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $3,276,222


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