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Voters Approve $215.4 million for School Projects

TRENTON, December 9, 2009—Voters in 11 of 15 New Jersey school districts approved more than $215.4 million in school construction projects on Tuesday, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported today.

School boards may hold special elections on five specific dates a year, and Tuesday was the final day for a school board to schedule a referendum in 2009. This year, voters approved school-construction proposals in 48 of 66 communities, for a success rate of 72.7 percent, one of the highest approval rates recorded during the past 11 years. The average success rate during the previous four years has hovered around 62 percent.

The 15 districts holding bond referendums on Tuesday proposed a total of $237 million in school construction. Energy-saving initiatives continued to be popular, as seven of the 15 referendums asked voters to approve solar panels; six of the projects with solar energy components were approved.

Of the $215.4 million that was approved in the 11 districts, nearly $68 million will be covered by state funds, either through up-front grants, annual “debt service aid” payments, or rebates through the state’s Clean Energy program.

The next date on which a school board may schedule a bond referendum question is Jan. 26.

Details of Tuesday’s school construction proposals are below.

New Jersey School Construction Referendum Results
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009

STATEWIDE

Total amount of construction approved – $215,466,793  ($237,384,368 requested)

Amount eligible for state funding – $68,030,641       

(State funding may include up-front school-construction grants, annual payments of debt service aid, or Clean Energy rebates)

 

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Estell Manor – REJECTED

Renovations, including HVAC, electrical, and installing a geothermal system

Total amount – $3,105,636

Amount eligible for state funding – $1,367,192

 

BERGEN COUNTY

Edgewater – PASSED (both questions)

Proposal 1: Demolish the George Washington School and construct new elementary school

Total amount – $28,250,000

Amount eligible for state funding – $­­­­­­­­­­­­­1,179,750

 

Proposal 2 (contingent upon the passage of Proposal 1)

Install solar panels at Eleanor Van Gelder School

Total amount – $478,400

Amount eligible for state funding – $191,360

 

Hasbrouck HeightsREJECTED

Relocation of main office and several classrooms for security reasons at two elementary schools; replacement of heating systems at two elementary schools, the middle school and high school

Total amount – $4,728,712

Amount eligible for state funding – $1,891,484

 

Ridgewood – PASSED

Renovate high school, including field improvements; additions and/or renovations to eight other schools, with projecting ranging from new roofs to installation of a new track

Total amount – $48,265,314

Amount eligible for state funding – $9,844,712

 

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Bordentown Regional – PASSED

Renovations to the high school complex, including solar panels, reconstruction of athletic fields, lighting and other work

Total amount – $8,499,975

Amount eligible for state funding – $2,620,936

 

Mansfield Township – PASSED (both questions)

Proposal 1: Roof replacement at elementary school

Total amount – $639,300

Amount eligible for state funding – $255,720

 

Proposal 2 (Contingent upon passage of Proposal 1: Install solar panels at elementary school

Total amount – $1,229,424

Amount eligible for state funding – $ 491,770

 

Springfield TownshipREJECTED

Renovations including installing solar panels at elementary school

Total amount – $11,083,227

Amount eligible for state funding – $3,776,565

 

CAMDEN COUNTY

Berlin Township – PASSED

Roof replacement, renovations to HVAC at two schools; roof replacement at administration building

Total amount – $6,580,995

Amount eligible for state funding – $3,246,206

 

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Woodbine – PASSED

Install solar panels at elementary school

Total amount – $3,682,665

Amount eligible for state funding – $2,145,745

 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Fairfield Township – PASSED

Addition and renovations to elementary school

Total amount – $3,984,772

Amount eligible for state funding – $1,984,772

 

ESSEX COUNTY

Livingston Township – PASSED (both questions)

Proposal 1: Renovations to six elementary schools and two middle schools

Total amount – $55,996,572

Amount eligible for state funding – $22,398,628

 

Proposal 2 (contingent upon passage of Proposal 1): Install solar panels and any necessary roof and electrical system renovations at six elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school

Total amount – $8,687,905

Amount eligible for state funding – $3,475,162

 

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Delsea Regional – REJECTED

Replace roof at middle school

Total amount – $3,000,000

Amount eligible for state funding – $1,631,719

 

SALEM COUNTY

Quinton Township – PASSED

Improvements to elementary school, including installing solar panels

Total amount – $4,839,850

Amount eligible for state funding – $2,717,885

 

SOMERSET COUNTY

Montgomery Township PASSED

Renovations to three schools, addition and renovations to one school

Total amount – $24,350,352

Amount eligible for state funding – $9,485,489

 

UNION COUNTY

Cranford – PASSED

Replace roofs at all schools; replace HVAC systems in three schools and boilers at three other schools.

Total amount – $19,981,269

Amount eligible for state funding – $7,992,506


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