On Tuesday, Jan. 22, voters approved three school construction ballot questions and defeated two proposals. Meanwhile, in Lafayette, Sussex County, voters broke a 63-63 tie from the general election between two school board write-in candidates.

Construction questions were approved in Warren Township, Somerset County; Logan Township, Gloucester County; and Toms River Regional, Ocean County.

Construction questions in Hackensack, Bergen County and in Oxford Township, Warren County were rejected.

Jan. 22 is one of five dates during the year when school boards may ask voters to approve school construction proposals. Under the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act, the state will fund at least 40 percent of eligible school construction costs through annual debt service aid. Construction projects in all five districts are at least partially eligible for state funds.

Here are the unofficial statewide figures gathered by the New Jersey School Boards Association from school districts and news articles:

Statewide amount proposed – $333,654,933
Statewide amount approved — $161,465,607

State funding proposed– $103,764,027 (State reimbursement through annual debt service aid equaling at least 40 percent of eligible costs)
State funding approved  — $61,352,339

A synopsis of proposed construction projects follows:

Hackensack (Bergen County) – REJECTED

Construction of a new school building for grades seven through nine; construction of a new parking garage with 350 parking spaces; renovations and upgrades at existing schools throughout the district to accommodate expansion of full day Pre-K in neighborhood schools, and improvements to increase capacity across the district.

Total amount: $169,904,226
State funds:  $41,388,670

Logan Township (Gloucester County) — APPROVED

Repairs and improvements to Center Square School and Logan Elementary/Middle School with no additional increase in taxes. Projects include roof replacement and exterior window replacement; site improvements including paving, additional parking spaces, and playgrounds. Upgrades include security vestibules, doors and a glass partition wall, conversion of showers to storage, and HVAC chiller replacement.

Total amount: $7,870,750
State funds: $3,148,300

Toms River Regional, Ocean County — APPROVED

Repair and restore facilities at 18 school buildings, including safety and security upgrades; improving accessibility through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units and controls; door and window replacements; renovating and upgrading high-wear and high-use areas such as science labs and playgrounds, and repair and repaving of parking lots and driveways.

Total amount: $147,148,269
State funds: $55,625,404

Warren Township, Somerset County — APPROVED

Repairs and improvements including boiler and pump replacements at A. L. Tomaso School, Mt. Horeb School and the Middle School; window replacement at the Central School; roof replacement at the Middle School; and HVAC upgrades at the A. L. Tomaso School and the Central School.

Total amount: $6,446,588
State funds: $2,578,635

Oxford Township, Warren County — REJECTED

Planned improvements include security vestibule renovations, exterior door and window upgrades and exterior lighting and camera upgrades in the Pre-School-8th grade school. HVAC upgrades are also planned to replace the aging HVAC units and outdated operating system.

Total amount: $2,285,100
State funds: $1,023,018 

Lafayette, Sussex County: Special Tie-Breaker Election 

During the Nov. 6 general election, two school board write-in candidates tied with 63 votes each. Voters selected Erin J. Vogler during Tuesday’s special election.