TRENTON, Sept. 28, 2011—Voters in two of the five New Jersey school districts holding bond referendums on Tuesday approved more than $53.6 million in school construction, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Of the total amount that was approved, $14.9 million qualifies for state funds.
School boards may hold special elections on five specific dates during the year. The final date that a school board may schedule a bond referendum this year is Dec. 13.
Results of the Sept. 27 school construction proposals are below.
New Jersey School Construction Referendum Results
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
Total amount approved – $53,663,700 ($71,214,333 requested)
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $14,907,642
Park Ridge – Rejected
Transfer unexpended funds from a 2009 construction project to install artificial turf and lights on the football field, and to resurface the track.
Total amount – $1,400,000
Kingsway Regional – Approved
Construct an addition and renovations to the high school and middle school.
Total amount – $31,122,450
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $8,463,401
East Greenwich Township – Proposal 1 Approved; Proposal 2 Rejected
Proposal 1: Construct additions (classroom and cafeteria) and renovations (fire systems, toilets, HVAC, electrical, windows/doors) to two elementary schools, and acquire 1.25 acres of land.
Total amount – $22,541,250
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $6,444,241
Proposal 2 (contingent upon approval of Proposal 1): Construct additions (offices, gym) and renovations (offices, entrance canopies) to two elementary schools.
Total amount – $2,854,376
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $574,672
Monmouth Regional – Rejected
Install solar panels and undertake other renovations (classrooms, gym, asbestos removal, masonry) to high school. The ballot says the school board did not seek state aid for renovations because state is currently not approving aid for capital projects.
Total amount – $12,306,257
Montville Township – Rejected
Approve a transfer from the general operating budget to the capital reserve account to pay for the installation of a turf field at the high school.
Total amount – $990,000