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School Construction Goes to Vote in 13 NJ Districts

School construction referendums will be at the forefront in 13 districts in New Jersey Tuesday where voters will decide whether or not to fund items ranging from roof replacements to security improvements.

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A total of $180,037,025 in construction is proposed in the 13 districts, $80,077,346 of which is eligible for state funding if the voters approve the projects.  Many districts are proposing building new vestibules or interior doors to upgrade security.

The special elections will take place in Absecon, Greater Egg Harbor Regional, Wallington, Mount Holly, Ocean City, Verona, Glassboro, the Clinton-Glen Gardner School District, Middletown Township, Long Hill Township, Bloomingdale, Mountainside and Mansfield.

Voters will decide on the following projects:

Absecon – Various improvements to H. Ashton Marsh and Emma C. Attales Schools; plus necessary furniture and equipment, and site work. Total project cost: $5,210,497. Amount eligible for state funding: $2,084,198.

Greater Egg Harbor Regional —Renovations to three high schools, plus acquisition of necessary furniture and equipment, and site work. Total project cost: $36,998,000. Amount eligible for state funding: $17,305,111.

Wallington – Interior door replacement, for school safety upgrade, at two schools; plus masonry replacement, partial roof replacement, interior painting. Total project cost: $2,617,959. Amount eligible for state funding: $1,473,838.

Mount Holly – 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 project cost: $20,479,526. Total eligible for state funding: $12,540,209.

Ocean City – 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 project cost: $5,998,198. Total eligible for state funding: $2,497,422.

Verona – Security, technology, fire alarm and other upgrades at six schools; plus various gym bleacher upgrades, façade upgrades; and necessary equipment and site work. Total project cost: $16,641,855. Total eligible for state funding: $5,199,644.

Glassboro – 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 project cost: $26,900,450. Amount eligible for state funding: $12,633,294.

Clinton-Glen Gardner School District – Roof, HVAC and fire alarm system replacement. Total project cost: $2,104,250. Total eligible for state funding: $841,700.

Middletown – Upgrade geothermal systems at the high schools and middle schools, and replace roofs at high schools, middle schools and ten elementary schools. Total project cost: $32,299,832. Amount eligible for state funding: $12,919,933.

Long Hill Township – 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 project cost: $3,274,530. Amount eligible for state funding: $1,309,812

Bloomingdale – Various improvements and renovations to Martha Day Elementary and Walter Bergen Middle schools.  Total project cost: $1,341,950.  Amount eligible for state funding: $536,780                                              

Mountainside – 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 project cost: $19,484,628.  Amount eligible for state funding: $7,793,851

Mansfield – HVAC, boiler, lighting, roof, fire alarm, kitchen and other upgrades; plus front entrance security improvements and construction of a new maintenance/storage building.  Total project cost: $6,685,350.  Amount eligible for state funding: $2,941,554

For more information, visit the New Jersey School Boards Association.

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