2019 School Referendum

ADDED 12-9-19

We asked our members to submit questions for the Mayor and our Board of Ed elected members.

Here are three documents related to our submitted questions.




While we did not receive answers to questions from Mayor Hodgson as of 5:30 p.m. Monday, in fairness, the typed letter was only delivered on Friday 12/6, midday. We hope to follow up at the upcoming Borough Council meeting on Wed. Dec 11, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Basic Information on the Referendum and Sale

We’d like to use this section of our website to give you the basic facts of the upcoming Dec 10 2019 vote on a school referendum — as well as the updates on Borough’s offer to purchase the EJ Jacobson school.

Scroll down to see recent updates on Taxpayer questions added 12-9-19.

There are two issues now in play that SCTA believes are significant and worthy of debate and discussion:

  1. An upcoming special election vote on Dec. 10, 2019, to approve or reject a Bond Referendum totaling $7,680,516 to be used exclusively to repair and renovate the LBI school in Ship Bottom.
  2. An offer letter sent by Surf City Mayor Francis Hodgson to purchase the Ethel Jacobson school for $3 million.

Here is a one page fact sheet that provides a quick overview of the current situation and links to related documents.

Fact Sheet – pdf_Updated 12-2-School Referendum and EJ School Purchase Offer

Here are various links to Sandpaper articles that provide additional insight from various interested parties:

The SCTA Letter to the Editor, published 11/30/19: 

An article discussing the Surf City offer to purchase the EJ School.

An article discussing the Ocean County Board of Education reaction to the offer to purchase of EJ School.

An overview article that covers various points of view about the referendum.



Bond Proposal

Here is the exact wording of the Bond Proposal:

The Board of Education of the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District in the County of Ocean, New Jersey is authorized: (a) to provide for various renovations, alterations, improvements and upgrades at Long Beach Island Grade School, including related work, fixtures, equipment and site work; (b) to appropriate $7,680,516 for such improvements; and (c) to issue bonds of the School District in the principal amount of $7,680,516.

The final eligible costs of the improvements approved by the Commissioner of Education are $7,680,516.  The proposed improvements include $0 for school construction elements in addition to the facilities efficiency standards developed by the Commissioner of Education or not otherwise eligible for State support pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7G-5(g). The State debt service aid percentage will equal 40% of the annual debt service due with respect to the final eligible costs of the project.  The Board of Education is authorized to transfer funds among the projects approved at this election.

Here is a copy of the presentation that was shared by the Board of Education at the November 13 Town Hall Meeting at Surf City Borough Hall:








































































Offer to Purchase Ethel Jacobson school

Here is the letter from the Mayor to the School Board and a copy of the offer letter:
Letter Sent to LBI Board of Education Presented 11-18-19