Greater Egg Harbor Regional’s school board will not attempt another bond referendum in the near future, Superintendent Steven Cicciarello said Wednesday after voters a day earlier rejected a proposal for almost $37 million in renovations and upgrades at all three high schools.
Just two of 13 bond referenda held statewide Tuesday were rejected. Glassboro residents rejected an almost $27 million plan for renovations at the high school.
Locally, bonds in both Absecon and Ocean City were approved.
Of the four municipalities voting in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District, only Hamilton Township voters approved the bond, according to unofficial totals. The vote tally in Hamilton was 582 yes to 395 no. Galloway Township voters rejected the bond by a vote of 439 yes to 781 no. Egg Harbor City voters defeated by a vote of 29 yes and 118 no, and the tally in Mullica Township was 70 yes and 166 no.
Absecon voters approved the bond for roofing and other work at both district schools by a vote of 423 to 246, with 32 absentee ballots not included. The $5.1 million project includes $2.1 million in state aid. Superintendent James Giaquinto said district officials are deeply thankful for the support of the project.
Ocean City voters approved almost $6 million in work at the primary school by a vote of 755 to 239, including absentee ballots but not provisional ballots, which will be added Friday. The state will fund $2.5 million and the district will contribute $1.1 million from its capital reserve fund.
Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor thanked residents for their support and said the goal is to have the work completed by September 2015.
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