Cranford Voters To Decide On School Referendum

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CRANFORD – Voters will decide whether to approve an $11.99 million bond referendum to finance renovations at the township’s eight schools on Tuesday.

The renovation project would replace the roofs at all eight schools, upgrade heating systems at three schools and replace boilers at three other schools. The total cost is projected to be $19,981,269, but the state will contribute 40 percent of the cost – $7,992,506 – if voters approve the referendum.

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According to school officials, the roofs to be replaced are approximately 25 years old and well past their useful lives. The heating systems at Brookside Place School, Walnut Avenue School and Bloomingdale Avenue School are all over 50 years old, and the boilers at Orange Avenue School, Hillside Avenue School and Lincoln School are over 40 years old, according to officials.

The polls will be open from 2-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Statewide, there will be 15 bond referendums for more than $247 million in school construction on Tuesday, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.


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