HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Voters approved a school referendum on Tuesday that will provide $2,034,509 to install new drainage, curbs and repave the parking field at the Middle School and replace the artificial turf at the High School football field.

The referendum was approved by a 3-1 margin, with 7.5 percent of the eligible voters casting ballots. The totals were 1,548 in favor, 475 opposed. A total of 2,023 votes were counted. There are 26,783 registered voters in the township.

The local tax rate will not be impacted, according to Dr. Jorden Schiff, superintendent of schools.

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Forty percent of the total will come from a capital reserve account maintained by the schools, with the balance of 60 percent paid by the state.

State law requires that voters approve the referendum before any state funds can be released, according to Schiff.

Both projects are expected to be completed by the beginning of the school year in September.