$2.5 million school bond approved in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY — Voters in Ocean City overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 million bond Tuesday, March 11 that will help to pay for renovations at Ocean City Primary School. The referendum passed 755 to 239, according to unofficial results from the Cape May County Clerk's Office.

“Obviously, we’re very pleased and we want to thank the community for listening and for giving us the opportunity to get out and get our message out,” Ocean City school board President Joe Clark said.

Clark said the many public information sessions on the referendum were beneficial for the board and the community, providing an opportunity to get the data and facts out to the public.

The board approved the bond referendum in January. Based on the average assessed home value of approximately $500,000, school business administrator Pat Yacovelli said the bond would increase the property taxes of a typical Ocean City homeowner about $15.39 per year for a period of 10 years.

The bond will fund a portion of the work, which will also be covered by a state grant and the district’s capital reserve. 

The total cost of the project, $6,653,368, includes a new roof, an emergency generator, water heater, boilers, lighting for classrooms and the multi-purpose room, and replacement of windows and doors and the fire alarm system.  

It also includes an upgrade for the heating and ventilation system and the installation of air conditioning. The new, energy-efficient HVAC system would permit school officials to set temperatures in the school by zone. 

The state will fund 40 percent of the cost of approved items, or close to $2.4 million. The district will also use just over $1.75 million from capital reserve.

The bulk of the work will be scheduled for the summer of 2015, with preliminary work beginning after school hours in May or June of 2015.

“In the long run, it’s going to make the schools safer and more efficient when they run,” Clark said. “It’s just a healthier environment.”

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