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Metuchen School District’s bond referendum passes: Full-day kindergarten, improvements on horizon

The Middlesex County Clerk’s Office has finalized election results.

Voters headed to the polls to decide on three referendum ballot questions, which Metuchen school officials said would essentially move the district forward for the next 20 to 30 years, during the general election on Nov. 8.

Question 1 involved everything that is being physically constructed totaling $69.48 million.

All four district schools are proposed to add air conditioning, add on to or construct new cafeteria space, and realign grades at Edgar Middle School, Campbell Elementary School and Moss School to allow the addition of full-day kindergarten.

There were 3,424 “yes” votes and 2,334 “no” votes.

Question 2 has to do with operating costs associated with Question 1 totaling $800,000 per year.

There were 3,275 “yes” votes and 2,482 “no” votes.

Question 3 stands alone for a new gym, new locker rooms, and a new turf field at Metuchen High School totaling $12.75 million. Board member Jonathan Lifton had said the items are more of a want than a real base need.

There were 2,916 “yes” votes and 2,834 “no” votes.

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