Absecon schools plan bond referendum

The Absecon Board of Education has announced that it will hold a referendum to approve the sale of bonds to finance needed capital improvements at the school facility.

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The major work that would be financed is replacement of the roof of the Attales School and a portion of the roof at the Marsh School; upgrading to more efficient lighting through the entire school complex; and updating and modernizing bathrooms that date from 1958 and 1968. Due to the budget cap, it would be impossible for the school district to fund these necessary improvements out of the annual operating budget, so bonding is the only way for these projects to be completed, the school board said. Superintendent Jim Giaquinto said that with the completion of these projects, the school district should be in sound physical shape for many years to come.

School Board President Bill Thompson said the project has been approved by the state to receive 40 percent debt service aid for the entire $5.2 million cost, and the current low interest rates for municipal bonds mean the bonds can be sold very quickly. The increased energy efficiency of the new lighting will match the output of the newly installed solar panels to that almost all of the school's electricity needs will be met from the solar field, the board said.

The referendum is open to all registered voters of the City of Absecon. It will take place March 11 at the Absecon Presbyterian Church, 208 New Jersey Ave. Polls are open from 1 to 9 p.m.

Pushcart Players mark NJ's 350th birthday

The Absecon Education Foundation presents the Pushcart Players performing "Celebrating New Jersey" at 3 p.m. March 5 at the Emma C. Attales School cafetorium, 800 Irelan Ave.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The event is free, and all students who attend will receive a homework pass. Call 609-641-5375.

Citizen of the Year

nominees sought

Absecon's Citizen of the Year Committee is looking for a person or family to be honored with the 2014 Award.

This will be the 10th anniversary for the Absecon Republican Club presenting this honor.

Nominations are open to the public. The award is given annually to a volunteer who, without thought of personal gain, has contributed to making Absecon a nice place to work and raise a family. Consideration also will be given to the nominee's contributions to other communities, organizations and the greater Atlantic County Area. Beside the individual award, a financial contribution will be made to the honoree's favorite charity.

While the Republican Club sponsors the award, it is nonpartisan. The nominee must be an Absecon resident, family or business person who gives his or her time and talent for the betterment of the community without thought of personal gain, and who does not have a job or position in public service that required them to perform the tasks that resulted in the contributions.

The recipient cannot be a sitting member of a government body. Nominations, with a summary of accomplishment, must be submitted to the Citizen of the Year Committee, c/o the Absecon Republican Club, P. O. Box 123, Absecon, NJ 08201 or emailed to missyw100@yahoo.com. Nominations are due March 28.

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