Friday, November 18, 2016

Mullica School Proposal I Passed By 6 Votes

MULLICA TOWNSHIP — Mail-in ballots made the difference on a public question for repairs to the district school complex, which passed by just six votes.
The project will cost almost $2.9 million with $1.3 million coming from the state.
A second question for additional work still failed.

“I am feeling much better today than I was last week,” Superintendent Andrew Weber said Thursday when the final vote tallies were released. “But I am feeling just a little bummed about the second question.”
The first question for roofing, windows, electrical, masonry, sewer and wall reconstruction work at both schools failed at the polls last week by 15 votes — 1,169 to 1,154.
But mail-in and provisional ballots pushed the total to 1,273 in favor of the work to 1,267 against it.
Weber said the bond question that passed addressed the most critical issues in the district.
He already has a meeting scheduled for next week with the architect and bond counsel.
The goal is to do the work over the summer and be finished by the start of school in September, he said.
“The main thing is the roof,” he said. “It leaks all the time.”

The second question for a new parking lot, doors, HVAC, lighting and other work would have cost $1.9 million with the state providing $637,837.
That question failed by a vote of 1,215 to 1,039 at the polls.
Mail-in and provisional ballots did not change the outcome.
The final vote on the second question was 1,149 for the question and 1,319 against.
Weber said the school board will discuss addressing the issues in the second question after the reorganization meeting in January. 

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