Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Voters in two districts to consider school funding

Glassboro and Mount Holly voters are being asked Tuesday to approve funding for capital improvements at all their districts' schools.

The districts are among 13 statewide with school construction referendums totaling more than $180 million.

Glassboro is proposing to spend about $26.9 million - more than $12.6 million of which is reimbursable by the state - to upgrade security, mechanical, electrical, and other systems at its five schools, renovate music rooms, and create a performing arts theater at the high school.

The funding also would pay for classroom technology improvements, athletic upgrades, roof repairs, playground restoration, furniture, and other equipment.

If approved, the owner of a Glassboro home valued at the average of $188,444 would pay $162 a year more in taxes.

Mount Holly wants to spend nearly $20.5 million - about $12.5 million of which would be reimbursed by the state - on improvements and repairs that, taken together, would benefit all three district schools. Included in the proposed work are roof replacement, security doors, and fire alarm and heating and air-conditioning system replacement, as well as purchasing furniture and equipment.

The owner of a Mount Holly home valued at the average of $174,547 would pay $62.95 more in taxes a year. - Rita Giordano

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