WALDWICK – Unofficial results on Wednesday showed voters approving the school district’s $30 million spending proposal by 933 to 406.
If the referendum question is ultimately approved, money will go toward renovations at Waldwick High School, including new windows, more energy-efficient exteriors and energy-efficient LED light fixtures for classrooms and halls, the replacement of interior and exterior doors, and lockers.
Waldwick High School was built in the early 1960s with thin exterior walls when energy costs were so low they weren’t considered significant, according to the referendum website.
The funds will also provide for security upgrades, an update to the HVAC system, classroom and lab upgrades, a new science and technology lab and making the high school bleachers ADA compliant.
Security upgrades will be in store for the middle school. Traphagen Elementary School will get a modernized media center and Crescent Elementary School will see a new parking lot.
The borrowing will bring a tax increase of about $154 a year in “net impact’ to the average home, assessed at $418,132. The state will kick in approximately $10 million.
Board of Education President Daniel Marro said in a statement on the district’s website that the board “appreciates each resident who learned about the Stronger Schools proposal and participated in the referendum by voting.”
The results are considered unofficial while mail-in ballots are being counted.
The district has four school buildings — two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school — and more than 1,600 students in grades pre-K-12.
Katie Sobko is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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