A thrice-failed schools capital improvement referendum in Delran passed yesterday by 45 votes.

The nearly $26 million bond referendum received 1,176 votes in favor and 1,131 votes against, said Delran School District spokeswoman Lee-Anne Oros. The state will contribute nearly $6 million for the projects, which include a new science wing for the high school, science improvements at the middle school, upgraded lighting, windows and restrooms.

Oros said the improvements will cost the average homeowner $16 a month.

- Rita Giordano