South Amboy & Westfield Have School Construction Referendums Next Week

STATE—Voters in six New Jersey school districts, including South Amboy and Westfield, will decide school construction referendums of nearly $61 million, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported today.

South Amboy is seeking approval to borrow $8.47 million to renovate the South Amboy Elementary School including roof repairs, interior repairs, handicapped accessibility, boiler replacement, mechanical systems, electrical, plumbing.

Westfield seeks voter approval for a $13.6 million project to replace or repair roofs at 12 schools and district buildings.

Midland Park is asking voters to decide on two separate proposals: a $12.2 million plan to renovate the high school and two elementary schools, and a $3.08 million project to renovate the high school auditorium and athletic field that is contingent upon the passage of the first proposal.

Park Ridge hopes to win approval for a $1.4 million project to install artificial turf and resurface an all-weather track. Unused funds from a 2009 referendum would be put toward the plan if approved.

Bellmawr seeks approval for a $3.09 million project to replace and repair roofs at three schools.

Robbinsville hopes to spend $18.98 million to construct additions and renovate two schools.

In most of the communities with a referendum, the ballot language states that “no state support is currently available and the state has not been approving any capital projects for which state support is requested.” The ballots typically add that the board of education will use its best effort to obtain any state aid, should it become available.

The second Tuesday in December is one of the five dates a year that a school board can schedule a bond referendum. The next date is Jan. 22.

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