Voters in 11 of 13 New Jersey school districts holding a bond referendum on March 11 approved a total of $116.1 million in school construction. Of the amount approved, $50.1 million is eligible for state school-construction aid.

The proceeds will fund items ranging from roof replacements to energy system upgrades and security improvements. Many of the districts will be building new school vestibules, or installing new interior doors, to upgrade school security.

The total amount requested among the 13 districts was $180,037,025; with $80,077,346 of that eligible for state funding. Voters in Absecon, Wallington, Mount Holly, Ocean City, Verona, Clinton-Glen Gardner, Middletown, Long Hill Township, Bloomingdale, Mountainside and Mansfield approved local school construction proposals, while voters rejected proposals in Greater Egg Harbor Regional and Glassboro.

The second Tuesday in March is one of five dates during the year at which a school district can present construction bond issues to voters. The next date when districts can put a referendum on the ballot is Sept. 30. Districts that have April budget elections may also place construction proposals on the ballot on that date (April 23).

New Jersey School Construction Referenda, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Total amount approved: $116,138,575

Amount eligible for state funding: $50,138,941

ATLANTIC COUNTY

AbseconAPPROVED

Various improvements to H. Ashton Marsh and Emma C. Attales Schools; plus necessary furniture and equipment, and site work.

Total amount: $5,210,497

Amount eligible for state funding: $2,084,198

Greater Egg Harbor Regional – REJECTED

Renovations to three high schools, plus acquisition of necessary furniture and equipment, and site work.

Total amount: $36,998,000

Amount eligible for state funding: $17,305,111

BERGEN COUNTY

Wallington APPROVED

Interior door replacement, for school safety upgrade, at two schools; plus masonry replacement, partial roof replacement, interior painting.

Total amount approved: $2,617,959

Amount eligible for state funding: $1,473,838

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Mount HollyAPPROVED

Installation of security doors, partial roof replacement, HVAC replacement and fire system replacement, and other improvements at three schools; plus acquisition of furniture, fixtures and equipment as may be necessary or related.

Total amount approved: $20,479,526

Total eligible for state funding: $12,540,209

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Ocean CityAPPROVED

Improvements and renovations to Ocean City Primary School, including acquisition of equipment and site work. Of the total project cost, $1,101,497 would come from school district capital reserves.

Total amount approved: $5,998,198

Total eligible for state funding: $2,497,422

ESSEX COUNTY

Verona – APPROVED

Security, technology, fire alarm and other upgrades at six schools; plus various gym bleacher upgrades, façade upgrades; and necessary equipment and site work.

Total amount approved: $16,641,855

Total eligible for state funding: $5,199,644

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Glassboro– REJECTED

Upgrade security, mechanical, electrical and other systems at five schools, plus music room renovation and conversion of space into a performing arts theater at Glassboro High School. Also, various classroom technology improvements, roof repairs, playground restoration, and acquisition of necessary furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Total amount: $26,900,450

Amount eligible for state funding: $12,633,294

HUNTERDON COUNTY

Clinton-Glen Gardner School DistrictAPPROVED

Roof, HVAC and fire alarm system replacement.

Total amount approved: $2,104,250

Total eligible for state funding: $841,700

MONMOUTH COUNTY

MiddletownAPPROVED

Upgrade geothermal systems at the high schools and middle schools, and replace roofs at high schools, middle schools and 10 elementary schools.

Total amount approved: $32,299,832

Amount eligible for state funding: $12,919,933

MORRIS COUNTY

Long Hill TownshipAPPROVED

HVAC upgrades at three schools, plus partial roof replacement at Millington Elementary School. Part of project financed with $500,000 of district capital reserves.

Total amount approved: $3,274,530

Amount eligible for state funding: $1,309,812

PASSAIC COUNTY

BloomingdaleAPPROVED

Various improvements and renovations to Martha Day Elementary and Walter Bergen Middle schools.

Total amount approved: $1,341,950

Amount eligible for state funding: $536,780

UNION COUNTY

MountainsideAPPROVED

Educational and physical plant renovations at Deerfield and Beechwood schools, including security and technology improvements. Work to include new secure entry vestibules; improvements of plumbing, electrical, lighting, heating, IT/AV systems; Deerfield School media center and locker room facilities renovations.

Total amount approved: $19,484,628

Amount eligible for state funding: $7,793,851

WARREN COUNTY

MansfieldAPPROVED

HVAC, boiler, lighting, roof, fire alarm, kitchen and other upgrades; plus front entrance security improvements and construction of a new maintenance/storage building.

Total amount approved: $6,685,350

Amount eligible for state funding: $2,941,554

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