TRENTON, Sept. 23, 2011—Voters in five New Jersey school districts will act on $71.2 million in proposed school construction on Tuesday, Sept. 27, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported today.
Of the total amount that is being requested, more than $15.4 million would qualify for state funds. Two of the five proposals seek voter approval not to borrow additional funds, but to transfer existing funds for a new project.
The last Tuesday in September is one of the five dates each year that school boards may hold special elections. The next date on which a school board may schedule a bond referendum question is Dec. 13.
Details of the Sept. 27 school construction proposals are below.
New Jersey School Construction Referendums
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
Total amount requested – $71,214,333
Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $15,482,314
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
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: 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
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
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
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of 587 local boards of education and includes 62 charter school associate members. NJSBA advocates the interests of school districts, trains local school board members, and provides resources for the advancement of public education.