One year after voters in favor of improvement projects in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District, those projects are just about complete.
On Dec. 13 of last year, 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.
At the Board of Education meeting Monday night, Dec. 3, Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District Business Administrator Charles Muller said the projects should be finished by the end of the week.
“The fire alarms are being tested, the roofs are just about finished and there are some minor things to do,” Muller said. “By the end of the week, we hope to be done.”
The projects cost $26.5 million, with state grants paying for 57 percent, or $15,132,877, leaving the cost to taxpayers at about $11.4 million.
Voters approved part of the proposed project last year. They voted down air conditioning, heating and ventilation improvements at Oakcrest.
The referendum was completely defeated in Galloway Township. On that same night, Galloway voters defeated a referendum proposing improvements to the Galloway Township School District.
This included roof replacements. The school district is preparing to begin those improvements in the next few months, beginning with Arthur Rann Elementary School.