Voters to Decide On School Construction Tuesday

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TRENTON—Voters in eight New Jersey school districts – including two in Middlesex County – will act on $194 million in proposed school construction Tuesday, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.

South River’s school district is proposing $14,192,403 in renovations to two schools (electrical, security, windows, doors, gymnasium roof, library, science labs, air conditioning system and other upgrades.) A little more than half of the total – $7,186,565 – is eligible for state reimbursement.

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Woodbridge voters will decide on a proposal to spend $41,459,238 for roof replacement and solar panel installation at 21 schools. Less than a quarter of the total – $8,967,615 – is eligible for state reimbursement.

Six other school districts – Buena Regional and Somers Point in Atlantic County, Fort Lee in Bergen County, and Kingsway Regional, National Park and Woodbury Heights in Gloucester County – also have school construction proposals.

Of the $194 million total amount that is being requested, more than $51.7 million would qualify for state funds, either through one-time school-construction grants or annual “debt service aid” payments to school districts.

School boards may hold special elections on five specific dates a year. The next date on which a school board may schedule a bond referendum question is Jan. 25.


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