Sayreville & Edison Voters Split On School Bond Referenda

chalkboard-04MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Sayreville voters approved a $2.2 million bond referendum to complete renovations at Sayreville War Memorial High School last week, while Edison voters rejected a $57.8 million proposal that would have funded a new elementary school and renovations to three existing schools.

Just over 12 percent of Sayreville’s registered voters turned out to approve the referendum question by a vote of 1,626 to 1,435. The bond will add $6 a year to the average homeowner’s taxes.

In 2005, Sayreville voters approved a $46.9 million referendum to renovate the high school, but raw materials increased in cost before the contract was awarded last August. Delays caused by code violations in the plans originally submitted by the construction firm drove up costs further.

Officials say that the renovation is about 60 percent complete, and all work should be finished by June 2010 – 10 months behind schedule.

Just under 10 percent of Edison’s registered voters turned out to reject the township school district’s bond referendum by a vote of 3,696 to 1,911. The bond would have added $70.42 to the average homeowner’s tax bill.

This is the seventh straight bond proposal rejected by Edison residents. Voters rejected an identical bond proposal during the regular school elections in April.

District enrollment is expected to grow by at least 10.7 percent by 2010, officials said. Edison’s elementary schools are already overcrowded, with classes operating out of carts, closets and hallways.

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