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WLB Referendum Set For March 10

WEST LONG BRANCH: Borough residents will be headed to the polls on Tuesday, March 10 to vote for or against the West Long Branch Board of Education's (BOE) referendum question.

The referendum question was shot down by a vote of 285 to 223 in December.

The BOE decided to hold the referendum for a second time and planned several meetings for the public to educate them on the benefits of the project.

The project funding would have made several improvements to the schools including:

• The replacement of all heating and air conditioning systems in the Betty McElmon Elementary School and Frank Antonides School.

• The installation of new, energy and cost efficient heating and air conditioning systems.

• The installation of a new computerized building management system.

• The replacement of all doors and two science labs in Frank Antonides.

• The removal and replacement of all original floor tiles at Frank Antonides.

Total estimated costs of the project are $8,999,900, with a state contribution of $3,599,960, leaving the tax levy at $5,399,940.

Polls are open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Word On The Shore will have the results of the referendum as soon as they are tallied on Tuesday night. Stay tuned.

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