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TRENTON, October 2, 2018–Voters in 15 New Jersey school districts will go to the polls on today to decide whether to approve $345,151,604 in construction projects, including school additions and renovations, HVAC replacements, new roofs, and safety improvements.

Construction proposals will be on the ballot in 15 districts in the 10 counties as listed below.

  • Atlantic County: Hamilton
  • Bergen County: Emerson and Rutherford
  • Burlington County: Mount Laurel
  • Camden County: Somerdale
  • Cape May County: North Wildwood
  • Essex County: Cedar Grove
  • Mercer County: Ewing
  • Monmouth County: Colts Neck, Freehold Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional
  • Morris County: Jefferson, Randolph and Rockaway
  • Ocean County: Plumsted

Most of the proposed construction projects, if approved, would be partially supported by state funds. Under the Educational Facilities and Construction and Financing Act of 2000, the state will fund at least 40 percent of eligible school construction costs.

The next date available for special elections will be on Dec. 11, although districts that will conduct school board elections on Nov. 6 may also hold bond referendums on that day.

Following is a summary of proposals on the Oct. 2 ballot:

CONSTRUCTION PROPOSALS

STATEWIDE

Total amount proposed – $345,151,604

Total amount eligible for state reimbursement – $268,040,953 (State reimbursement is made through payment of annual debt service aid.)

 

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Hamilton

Total project cost: $21,973,356

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $18,835,029

State funds: $9,603,811.77

An addition at Hess Educational Complex Elementary School and renovations, alterations and improvements at Sha­ner Memorial Elementary School and Davies Middle School, in­cluding all fixtures, furnishings, and equipment.

 

BERGEN COUNTY

Emerson

Total project cost: $13,368,446

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $5,972,656

State funds: $2,389,062.40

Building renovations and alterations, conversion of existing spaces to new uses, construction of additions (including security vestibules) and site improvements, building and life safety system improvements and related improvements at Emerson Junior/Senior High School, Patrick M. Villano Elementary School and Memorial Elementary School in the School District and, if bond or note proceeds are available, the acquisition of new furniture and equipment.

Rutherford

Total project cost: $53,015,738

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $36,129,419

State funds: 14,451,767.60

  • Upgrade, renovation and expansion of the Kindergarten Center to provide for roof, HVAC, multi-purpose room, playground, toilet and other facilities improvements;
  • Installation of a new Pre-Kindergarten playground and facility improvements at Washington Elementary School;
  • Upgrade, renovation and expansion of Lincoln Elementary School to provide classroom addition and Pre-Kindergarten playground and facilities improvements;
  • Upgrade, renovation, demolition of existing gymnasium and expansion of Pierrepont Elementary School to provide for new gymnasium, two-story addition for classrooms and multipurpose room and facility improvements;
  • Upgrade, renovation, conversion of existing gymnasium and expansion of Union Middle School to provide for a new gymnasium, new science labs and flooring, HVAC, exterior and other improvements;
  • Decommissioning and conversion of the pool facility for upgrade, renovation, and expansion of Rutherford High School to provide for new science labs, classrooms, cafeteria, district central kitchen, faculty lounge and, interior alterations, comprehensive renovation and upgrade to 1957 wing, and multipurpose physical education field with turf and bleachers.

 

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Mount Laurel

Total project cost: $35,540,801

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $31,246,802

State funds: $12,498,720.80

  • Replacement of the roof, improvements to playground, renovations to building systems including safety, lighting, electrical, boilers, fans, pumps and controls, replacement of acoustical ceilings and repairs to existing exterior facilities at the Countryside Elementary School.
  • Addition of three new kindergarten rooms and one preschool room, replacement of the roof, improvements to playground, renovations to building systems including safety, lighting, HVAC controls, clocks, electrical, boilers, fans, pumps and controls, removal of incinerator and asbestos, replacement of acoustical ceilings, replacement of exhaust fans and sinks and repairs to existing exterior facilities at the Fleetwood Elementary School.
  • Replacement of the roof, renovations to building systems including safety, lighting, electrical, boilers, fans, pumps and controls, replacement of acoustical ceilings and repairs to existing exterior facilities at the Hartford Upper Elementary School.
  • Renovate existing space to create one new kindergarten room and one preschool room, improvements to playground, renovations to building systems including safety, lighting, electrical, boilers, fans, pumps and controls, removal of incinerator and asbestos, replacement of acoustical ceilings and repairs to existing exterior facilities at the Hillside Elementary School.
  • Addition of two new kindergarten rooms and one preschool room, improvements to playground, renovations to building systems including safety, lighting, clocks, electrical, boilers, fans, unit ventilators, pumps and controls, replace generator, replacement of acoustical ceilings and repairs to existing exterior facilities at the Larchmont Elementary School.
  • Renovate existing space to create two new kindergarten rooms, replacement of the roof, renovations to building facilities for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, improvements to playground, renovations to building systems including safety, lighting, clocks, electrical, boilers, fans, unit ventilators, pumps and controls, replacement of acoustical ceilings and repairs to existing exterior facilities at the Parkway Elementary School.
  • Replacement of the roof, improvements to playground, renovations to building systems including safety, lighting, electrical, boilers, fans, chiller and cooling tower, coil units, pumps and controls, replacement of acoustical ceilings and repairs to existing exterior facilities at the Springville Elementary School.
  • Renovations to building facilities for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, renovations to science labs, renovations to building systems including safety, lighting, clocks, boilers, fans, pumps and controls, replacement of acoustical ceilings and repairs to existing exterior facilities at the Harrington Middle School, together with the acquisition of all equipment and the completion of all work necessary or desirable to make said improvements compatible with the existing facilities.

 

CAMDEN COUNTY

Somerdale

Total project cost:  $3,157,600

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $2,150,184

State funds: $860,073.60

  • A new roof for the Somerdale Park School;
  • An additional parking lot for the Somerdale Park School;
  • Installation of recreational and playground improvements, and site/building utility work related to drainage for same, at the Somerdale Park School.

 

CAPE MAY COUNTY

North Wildwood

Proposal 1

Total project cost: $4,018,653

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $4,018,653

State funds: $1,607,461.20

Replacement of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and roof restoration at Margaret Mace Elementary School including related work, fixtures, and equipment.

Proposal 2(Contingent upon approval of Proposal 1)

Total project cost: $931,250

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $931,250

State funds: $372,500

Renovations, alterations and improvements at Margaret Mace Elementary School including fixtures, furnishings, and equipment.

 

ESSEX COUNTY 

Cedar Grove

Total project cost: $2,964,816

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $2,964,816

State funds: $1,185,926.40

  • Cedar Grove High School – construction of a security vestibule and other security and safety upgrades and improvements and installation of an emergency generator;
  • North End Elementary School – construction of a security vestibule and other security and safety upgrades and improvements, construction of a handicapped access ramp and relocation of handicapped parking spaces;
  • Memorial Middle School – construction of a security vestibule and other security and safety upgrades and improvements;
  • South End Elementary School – construction of a security vestibule and other security and safety upgrades and improvements, undertaking of drainage and site improvements and relocation of handicapped parking spaces.

 

MERCER COUNTY

Ewing

Total project cost: $59,298,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $54,146,804

State funds: $21,658,721.60

  • Renovation of the library, replacement and restoration of roof, interior and exterior structural improvements, security upgrades, renovations to school systems.  HVAC equipment, electrical renovations, replace hot water heater, replacement of corridor lockers, restroom renovations, select classroom renovations, replacement of boiler/pumps/controls/chillers, asbestos abatement and construction of tennis courts at the Antheil Elementary School;
  • Renovation of the library, replacement and restoration of roof, interior and exterior structural improvements, security upgrades, renovation to school systems, select classroom renovations, lighting, HVAC equipment, electrical renovations, replacement of boiler/pump/controls/chillers, replace hot water heater, restroom renovations, and asbestos abatement at the Lore Elementary School;
  • Renovation of the library, restoration of roof, security upgrades, renovations to school systems, HVAC equipment, electrical renovations, replace hot water heater and replacement of boiler/pump/controls/chillers at the Parkway Elementary School;
  • Renovation of auxiliary gymnasium, lobby areas and locker rooms, replacement of roof, interior and exterior structural improvements, security upgrades, renovations to school systems, HVAC equipment, electrical renovations, replace hot water heater, replacement of corridor lockers, restroom renovations, select classroom renovations, replacement of boiler/pump/controls/chillers, asbestos abatement, electric to gas conversions and replacement of scoreboard and resurfacing of asphalt track at the Fisher Middle School;
  • Renovation of gymnasiums, auditorium, locker rooms and restrooms, replacement and restoration of roof, interior and exterior structural improvements, security upgrades, renovations to school systems, electrical renovations, restroom renovations, replacement of boiler/pump/control/chillers, asbestos abatement, replacement of fans and improvements to athletic fields, improvements to parking facilities and drainage controls at the Ewing High School;
  • Replacement and restoration of roof, interior and exterior structural improvements, security upgrades and renovations to systems at the Gusz Maintenance Building, and acquisition of all equipment and the completion of all work necessary or desirable to make improvements and site work compatible with the existing facilities.

 

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Colts Neck

Proposal 1

Total project cost: $24,816,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $24,816,000

State funds: $9,926,400

Upgrade and renovation of the Cedar Drive Middle School and the Conover Road Elementary School to provide for new/upgraded flooring, casework, windows, roofing, toilet facilities, ADA improvements, HVAC system, classroom/emergency lighting, doors/hardware and electrical system, interior upgrades and site improvements including pavement;

Upgrade and renovation of the Conover Road Primary School to provide for new/upgraded doors and hardware and reconstruction of parking lot and driveways;

Reconfiguration of Conover Campus roads to provide safety/security improvements.

Proposal 2(Contingent upon approval of Proposal 1)

Total project cost: $9,790,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $787,000

State funds: $314,800

Upgrade, renovation and expansion of the Cedar Drive Middle School to provide for addition of an auditorium, stage and ancillary areas, a new fitness room, new toilet facilities, gymnasium storage and replacement of canopy.

Freehold Regional High School District

Total project cost: $39,790,034

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $28,685,857

State funds: $11,474,342.80

Renovations, alterations, improvements and an addition at Colts Neck High School, Freehold Township High School, Freehold Borough High School, Howell High School, Manalapan High School and Marlboro High School, including related fixtures, furnishings, equipment and site work.

Rumson – Fair Haven Regional High School District

Total project cost: $12,596,948

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $7,624,507

State funds: $3,049,802.80

Renovations, alterations, and improvements, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) and other educational improvements, to construct an addition, to undertake construction and installation of a turf field and other related improvements at Rumson-Fair Haven High School, and including related technology, fixtures, furnishings, equipment, site work and related work.

 

MORRIS COUNTY

Jefferson

Total project cost: $9,935,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $9,935,000

State funds: $3,974,000

Renovations, alterations and improvements at Jefferson Township High School, Jefferson Township Middle School, Ellen T. Briggs School, Cozy Lake School, Milton School, Arthur Stanlick School and White Rock School, including fixtures, furnishings, equipment, site work and related work.

Randolph

Total project cost: $24,495,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $16,135,000

State funds: $6,454,000

Renovations, alterations and improvements at Randolph Township High School, Randolph

Township Middle School, Center Grove Elementary School, Fernbrook Elementary School, lronia Elementary School and Shongum Elementary School, including fixtures, furnishings, equipment, site work and related work.

Rockaway

Proposal 1

Total project cost: $13,790,700

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $13,783,200

State funds: $5,510,763

  • Renovations and upgrades to Lincoln Elementary School to provide HVAC upgrades; security vestibule; roof replacement; fire safety improvements; floor, wall and ceiling replacement; lighting upgrades, electric system upgrades; restroom renovations and various facility upgrades;
  • Renovations and upgrades to Thomas Jefferson Middle School to provide HVAC upgrades; security vestibule; roof replacement; floor improvements; lighting upgrades; window upgrades; site improvement; restroom renovations; electric system upgrades; library renovations; library upgrades and various facility upgrades.

Proposal 2 (Contingent upon approval of Proposal 1)

Total project cost: $2,394,400

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $342,914

State funds: $137,199

Construct an addition to Lincoln Elementary School to provide classrooms, new main entrance and to provide new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, safety and other systems.

Proposal 3 (Contingent upon approval of Proposal 1)

Total project cost: $3,739,000

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: Not eligible

State funds: Not eligible

Construct an addition to Thomas Jefferson Middle School to provide gymnasium and new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, safety and other systems.

 

OCEAN COUNTY

Plumsted

Total project cost: $9,535,862

Amount eligible for state reimbursement: $9,535,862

State funds: $3,814,344.80

Renovations, alterations, and improvements at New Egypt High School, New Egypt Middle School, New Egypt Primary School and Woehr Elementary School, including fixtures, furnishings, equipment, site work and related work.

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