Morris County educators say referendum approvals needed for school makeovers

(12/13/04) RANDOLPH Morris County residents will have an opportunity to vote on multi-million dollar school improvement referendums Tuesday.

Representatives of both Randolph High School and the Chester Township district say the passage of the referendums is necessary due to increased enrollment. According to school officials, overcrowding in the schools has reached a crisis stage. They say the money is sorely needed to accommodate the spike in student numbers.

Although officials within the Mount Arlington school district say their schools are also in need of renovations, increased enrollment is not the issue. Officials in that area say the school buildings have aged to the point where an overhaul is sorely needed.

The Mount Arlington referendum totals more than $9 million, the Chester referendum adds up to more than $22 million and the Randolph referendum totals more than $24 million.

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