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Voters Approve Four of Seven School Construction Proposals
TRENTON, April 22, 2010 —Voters during the April 20 Annual School Election approved four of the school-construction proposals in seven New Jersey school districts, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.
The seven school boards proposed a total of $69.9 million of school construction, and voters in four of the districts approved nearly $38.26 million in school construction. Of the amount approved, nearly $11.3 million will be eligible for state reimbursement.
The Annual School Election is the date when voters in 90 percent of New Jersey school districts elect school board members and vote on their districts’ annual budgets. It is also one of five dates a year on which school boards can propose referendum questions on construction projects. The remaining dates for school bond elections this year are Sept. 27 and Dec. 14.
Results of the April 20 school construction proposals are below
New Jersey School Construction Referendum Results
Total amount approved – $38,259,216 ($69,917,338 requested)
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $11,299,176 (may include up-front school-construction grants, annual payments of debt service aid, or Clean Energy rebates)
Springfield Township - Rejected (both proposals)
Proposal 1: Renovations to the Springfield Township Elementary School.
Total amount – $3,070,055
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,228,022
Proposal 2 (contingent upon passage of Proposal 1): Install solar panels and air conditioning at Springfield Township Elementary School.
Total amount – $2,550,000
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,020,000
Lawnside - Approved
Construct an addition of two pre-kindergarten classrooms, and elementary school renovations
Total amount – $7,316,793
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $4,416,793
Bloomfield - Approved
Improvements to athletic field
Total amount – $2,914,160
(Not eligible for state reimbursement)
North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional - Rejected
Renovations to two schools, including new roofs, ADA compliance, science labs, restrooms, HVAC, and/or asbestos abatement
Total amount – $17,496,672
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $6,998,668
Tewksbury Township - Approved
Renovations to Old Turnpike Middle School, including roof and boiler replacement, HVAC, lights, security, doors, accessibility, and sidewalks
Total amount – $4,056,191
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $1,622,476
Brick Township - Rejected
Install solar panels at high school and two middle schools
Total amount – $8,541,395
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $3,416,558
Union Township - Approved
Demolish and reconstruct a major portion of Central Five School, and renovations to remaining portion of school
Total amount – $23,972,072
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $5,259,907
The New Jersey School Boards Association, a federation of district boards of education, advocates the interests of school districts, trains local school board members, and provides resources for the advancement of public education.