Glen Ridge Vote to Fund School Purchase and Renovations to Existing Schools on March 28

BY  |  Monday, Mar 20, 2017 11:15am

Glen Ridge Referendum 17

Former Central School on Bloomfield Avenue.

On Tuesday, March 28, Glen Ridge will hold a vote on Referendum 17 that, if passed, would fund renovations at its schools and purchase the former Central School on Bloomfield Avenue, owned by Wells Fargo, to address its growing class size.

The total costs of the renovations at existing schools and the Central School purchase is estimated at $23,758,854.

According to the Glen Ridge BoE, the District has been awarded state funding of 18.20% of the debt service, which will reduce  taxpayers’ share of the total cost to 81.80% or an amount not to exceed $19,434,743. The State debt service relief will only be available if Referendum 17 passes. The Board anticipates bonding the project over a 20 to 25 year period.

Polls open on Tuesday, March 28 from 7 am – 8 pm.


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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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