The proposal for new schools and renovations and the proposal for increased operating expenses were approved by district residents Tuesday.

Residents of the Appoquinimink School District approved both parts of the property tax referendum on Tuesday night by wide margins.

The proposal to build three new schools and renovate two others passed by a vote of 5,506 to 2,102, according to unofficial results from the New Castle County Department of Elections.

The request to increase revenue for day-to-day operating expenses also passed, by a vote of 5,152 to 2,496.

The Department of Elections will certify the results on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. in the department's office in the Carvel State Building.

The construction plans include a new high school and a new middle school on the district’s Fairview Campus between Odessa and Townsend, and a new 840-student elementary school on property in the Town of White Hall development.

Superintendent Matt Burrows said the referendum is needed to accommodate the growing number of students in the district.

District enrollment has increased by 766 students in the past two years.

The operational expenses include staff recruitment and retention, technology, and costs such as books, desks, and busing.

The total property tax increase will be 23.54 cents for every $100 dollars of assessed property value. For example, the owner of a home with a $250,000 market value assessed at $77,500 by New Castle County will pay an additional $15.20 a month or $182.40 per year.