Security focus of NJ school construction votes

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Security upgrades are a major focus of school construction projects going before New Jersey voters this week.

Voters in 13 districts will go to the polls on Tuesday to consider projects worth $180 million. Nearly half the costs could be picked up by the state government.

New schools are not on the ballot in any of the communities.

Instead, districts are asking for renovations and replacements of roofs and heating and cooling systems.

About half of the districts with votes want to add new doors, entries or other security features.

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