An overwhelming majority of Secaucus residents voting in Tuesday’s special election supported a $27-plus million construction project to bolster the town’s educational facilities.
More than 1,100 residents voted on the project, with 759 supporting the measure and only 381 against, according to The Star Ledger.
The 30-month construction project will include an addition to the Secaucus High School/Middle School complex that includes 11 new classrooms, a physical education wing, administrative offices and a green lab.
“I was confident the people would do the right thing,” Secaucus mayor Michael Gonnelli told The Star Ledger. “The community needed it.”
The biggest change for students will be that sixth graders will be moved into Secaucus Middle School. Previously, Secaucus students did not move to Middle School until the seventh grade.
A majority of the expense will be paid for by commercial property taxes to support the growing student population, which currently sits at 2,185 but is expected to reach 2,500 within the next five years.