Westfield Voters Approve School Roof Repairs

WESTFIELD – Voters approved a $13.6 million bond referendum Tuesday to pay for district-wide roof repairs. With just 19 percent of registered voters casting ballots, the measure passed 2,700 to 1,503.

Repairs to the roof of Westfield High School, which is in the worst shape, are expected to begin in the summer of 2013. The majority of district buildings will wait until the following summer for their repairs.

Voters rejected a $16.9 million bond referendum in September that would have funded the roof repairs and the installation of a lighted turf field at the high school by a 3,881 to 1,511 margin.

Statewide, voters approved a total of $42.4 million in school construction. Voters in three of five other school districts holding referendums approved them, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported today.

South Amboy approved $8.5 million to renovate South Amboy Elementary School. Robbinsville voters approved $19 million to construct additions and renovate two schools. Park Ridge approved a $1.4 million referendum to install artificial turf and make other improvements at a district athletic field.

Midland Park rejected two separate questions to authorize $12.2 million in renovations for the high school and two elementary schools and for $3 million in renovations to the high school auditorium and athletic field. Bellmawr voted down at $3 million referendum for roof repairs at three schools.

School boards can schedule bond referendums on five specific dates a year. The next date is Jan. 22, 2013.


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