Plan for a December Vote is Postponed

Plan for a December Vote now pushed to 2021
Posted on 07/27/2020

A new executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy has again postponed plans for Clearview to hold a bond referendum. It was originally planned for September of this year, then postponed until December. The new order delays special elections like that until at least April 20, 2021.

Clearview’s Board of Education has not determined whether to hold a bond referendum on that date, but the district faces significant needs for the mechanical and HVAC systems that keep its buildings safe and energy-efficient.

Security upgrades, ventilation improvements, and other building projects are part of a proposal that the Board has researched for more than a year. The comprehensive plan to address those critical needs relies on a bond referendum to capitalize on state aid that is not available any other way.

This week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new executive order that postponed all elections planned until at least March 2021. That is one of four dates that New Jersey sets aside for special votes related to schools; other dates are in March, September and December. Murphy’s order cited health and logistics concerns in the decision for the postponement, and noted significant difficulties in handling the anticipated voter turnout – by mail and in person – for the Nov. 3 general election.

The BOE looks forward to providing our school community with more information about the important projects that would benefit the district for years to come.

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