WEST MILFORD, N.J. — West Milford voters approved a school referendum for roof repairs in the district by a landslide during a special election Tuesday.
The $8 million project to fix the roofs at the high school and middle school passed with 1,409 yes votes compared to 148 no, according to unofficial results from the West Milford clerk's office.
School officials described the result as a win-win because it helps the district without raising taxes.
"It's the right decision," interim Superintendent Anthony Riscica told Daily Voice. "It puts the students, our children, in a safe place with roofs that are not leaking, where they can be productive and not worry about disturbing the hallways and classrooms by having water come into the building."
Board President Marilyn Schultz credited the work of Riscica and Business Administrator Barbara Francisco for informing the public about the project.
"I think it's a great win for the district," Francisco said of Tuesday's outcome. "The high school is the focal point of the community and now everyone can enjoy it."
The ceilings at the two school leaked at times and created safety hazards, and many tiles are either stained or missing, Riscica said.
District officials hope to receive a $3.2 million grant that would reduce the municipally paid portion of the project, Francisco said.
The grant, combined with a low interest rate, would prevent a property tax increase to pay for the project, she said.
Now that the project is approved, Schultz said an architect will analyze the buildings and plans. The construction will likely take place this summer for both buildings, she said.
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