CRANFORD – Voters approved an $11.99 million bond referendum to finance renovations at the township’s eight schools on Tuesday, 1,197 votes to 839.
The renovation project will 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.
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.
Just over 2,000 of Cranford’s nearly 16,000 voters participated in the special election.
Statewide, 11 of 15 bond referendums to fund school construction passed on Tuesday, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.
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