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$75 Million Boost for New Jersey School Infrastructure

Governor Murphy's Administration Allocates Funds for Essential School Projects Statewide

TRENTON, NJ - 01/23/2024 - New Jersey's educational landscape is set for a significant uplift as the Department of Education (NJDOE) and the Schools Development Authority (SDA) announce a $75 million funding initiative. This substantial investment is earmarked for emergent construction and capital needs in school districts across the state, emphasizing the Murphy Administration's commitment to enhancing educational facilities.

The allocated funds are intended for a variety of uses, including emergent or capital maintenance projects, with an option for school districts to offset eligible project or maintenance costs incurred in the current fiscal year. The funding scope covers essential upgrades like site improvements, HVAC system repairs or replacements, renovations to building exteriors, safety and security enhancements, and general building maintenance.

Governor Phil Murphy expressed the initiative's core objective: "Providing our students with a top-notch education means ensuring their classroom environments are safe and conducive to learning." He emphasized that this funding is crucial for vital school infrastructure projects, ultimately supporting school communities and meeting student needs across the state.

The funding distribution includes $50 million dedicated to the 31 districts under the SDA's purview, where the authority oversees school construction. The remaining $25 million is allocated for regular operating districts. This strategic funding distribution ensures that both SDA and non-SDA districts benefit equitably.

Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education, acknowledged the Governor's commitment to public education and the partnership with the School Development Authority. She highlighted that the funding will facilitate necessary renovations and facility upgrades, creating spaces that are safe, secure, and conducive to high educational standards.

Manuel Da Silva, SDA Chief Executive Officer, praised Governor Murphy’s unwavering support in providing quality learning environments. He affirmed the SDA's readiness to swiftly distribute these funds to assist districts in executing essential repairs and improvements in schools.

The NJDOE website offers a detailed chart specifying the funding allocation for local school districts. In Morris County, notable allocations include Morris County Vocational receiving $47,946, Morris Hills Regional getting $74,866, Morris Plains Boro with $13,167, and the Morris School District slated to receive $137,936.

This financial initiative marks a significant step towards enhancing the state's educational infrastructure, ensuring that every student and school staff member in New Jersey has access to a conducive and safe learning environment.

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