VERONA, NJ - According to unofficial results, Verona voters overwhelmingly approved a school referendum on Tuesday that will allow the district to bond $27.7 million to improve its facilities.
Question 1 passed with 2,224 yes votes vs. 1,281 no votes. Question 2 passed with 2,057 yes votes vs. 1,423 no votes.
A needs assessment dating back to 2005 identified $67 million in capital improvements. The Board of Education spread out the projects over a longer period because the cost was too high for one referendum. Priorities were identified and referendum projects take place every 5-8 years.
The 2019 referendum included two questions:
Question 1 asked residents to approve $22.2 million for various projects spread throughout the district including:
- New roofs at all schools
- Enhancing security systems at all schools
- Repairing boilers
- Replacing the track at H.B. Whitethorne Middle School
- Improving the locker and training rooms at H.B. Whitethorne and Verona High School
- The resurfacing of all playgrounds at all elementary schools
These projects will cost the average homeowner $14.50 a month, or $174 a year.
The second question asked residents to approve bonding $5.5 million to install air conditioning in all schools, which will cost the average homeowner $3.50 a month, or $43 a year. Together, the initiatives will cost the average homeowner $18 a month, or $217 a year.
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