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Cherry Hill, nine other school districts pass special bond referendums

By David Wildstein, October 06 2022 10:41 pm

Voters in ten New Jersey school districts appearered to be  approved special school referendums on Thursday, but one other school districts still have incomplete results.

Cherry Hill voters approved a $363.9 million bond proposal for upgrades and additions to 19 public schools by a more than 2-1 margin, 8,841 to 4,011 69%-31% margin.  Among the 8,841 vote-by-mail ballots created an insurmountable 71%-29% lead, 6,287 to 2,535.

The results of a $7.3 million school improvement referendum in Wallington are too close to call.  The tally of vote-by-mail ballots is 70 yes and 58 no, but in-person votes are not yet available after local officials never delivered voting machine cartridges to the Bergen County Board of Elections.

In the Watchung Regional High School District, which includes Warren and Watchung in Somerset County and Long Hill in Morris County, voters approved a $7.9 million bond referendum.  Warren and Watchung supported the measure by a 192-vote margin, 562 to 370, 60%-40%.  Long Hill votes were not immediately available.

The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District Board of Education, which includes Egg Harbor City, Galloway, Hamilton, Mullica and Port Republicapproved a $19.7 million in bond referendum, by  margin of 2,030 to 1,547, 57%-43%.

East Hanover voters approved a $12 million plan. 

By a vote of 581 to 501, 54%-46%, Kenilworth voters narrowly approved a $31.4 million spending plan.  Turnout is at 18%.

Voters in Little Silver approved a $35.9 million bond referendum by a vote of 776 to 582 (57%-43%).  Turnout is at 25.5%.

Mansfield voters approved a $2.23 million plan for school upgrades by a 3-1 margin, 827 to 272, 75%-25%.

In Northvale, voters approved a $10.6 million bond referendum by a vote of 305 to 235, a 56%-44% margin.   Turnout is at 15%.

In a bid to make substantial air conditioning improvement and other upgrades, Sayreville approved a $97.5 million bond referendum by a vote of 2,453 to 1,485, 62%-38%.  Turnout is at 12.6%.

Shrewsbury voters approved a $22.5 million capital improvement proposal by a nearly 2-1 margin, 817 to 445, 65%-35%.  Turnout is at 35%.

Election results will likely change as late vote-by-mail ballots arrive, ballot defects are cured, and provisional ballots are counted.

New Jersey allows school districts to hold referendums in January, March, September and December for the purpose of passing spending referendums that require voter approval.

But a decision by acting Commissioner of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan to shift the September date to October has put a strain on county election officials already working overtime to process vote-by-mail ballots and prepare for early voting in the upcoming general election.

The state funds at least 40% of eligible school construction costs by offering annual debt service assistance under the Education Facilities and Construction and Financing Act of 2000.   The funds are spent on school construction, capital improvements, repairs, renovations and upgrades.

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