Despite Failure in Galloway, Greater Egg Harbor Proposal Partially Passes
Roof and fire alarm replacement were approved, but air conditioning, heating and ventilation were not.
Despite being defeated by the voters of Galloway Township, part of the proposal set forth by the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District passed by a total of 1,346-1,223. Another part of the proposal was defeated, 1,292-1,248 on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
The vote remains unofficial until the Board of Elections certifies the results.
Voters approved a roof replacement and a new fire alarm system at Oakcrest High School, and a partial roof replacement and new fire alarm system at Absegami. However, the portion of the proposal that dealt with air conditioning, heating and ventilation at Oakcrest was defeated.
The school district also includes Cedar Creek High School, which opened in 2010. Residents in Mullica Township, Egg Harbor City and Hamilton Township also voted on the Greater Egg proposal, but specific results from those towns wasn’t immediately available to Galloway Patch Tuesday night.
In Galloway, both portions of the proposal were defeated, with the first question suffering an 823-801 defeat and the second falling, 871-728.
“We are pleased that the first question passed, but we’re a little disappointed that the second was defeated,” Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District Business Administrator Charlie Muller said. “They were both very important.”
Results for the first question at each polling location in Galloway went as follows:
Arthur Rann: Yes, 195; No, 147
Germania Firehouse: Yes, 147; No, 195
Pomona: Yes, 80; No, 92
Roland Rogers: Yes, 158, No, 121
Smithville: Yes, 221; No 268
Results for the second question went as follows:
Arthur Rann: Yes, 180; No, 158
Germania Firehouse: Yes, 134; No, 205
Pomona: Yes, 75; No, 96
Roland Rogers: Yes, 122; No, 130
Smithville: Yes, 207; No, 282
State grants will pay for 57 percent of the $26.5 million cost of the projects, or $15,132,877, leaving the cost to taxpayers at about $11.4 million.