By Anthony Birritteri, Editor-in-Chief on November 19, 2021
Governor Phil Murphy announced today that the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) are allocating $ 75 million to help public schools across the state reduce the cost of capital maintenance and emerging Postpone infrastructure projects. Approximately $ 50 million will go directly to the 31 SDA district schools with special needs, with the additional $ 25 million going to the regular school districts.
Murphy, who made the announcement this morning at No. 8 Christopher Columbus School in Garfield, said all in attendance – educators, lawmakers, union leaders, and members of his own administration – “share a common goal: an unwavering commitment to children, families and educational communities . We share a commitment not only to claim our state’s place as the leading education system in the country, but also to ensure that every child has a place under this banner. … That includes safe and modern schools. “
Murphy said every single dollar of school investment is a dollar in property tax relief for New Jersey residents. He added that his administration had increased total investment in education by $ 3 billion more in the past four years than in the last four years of the Christie administration.
“Each of those three billion dollars is a dollar that property taxpayers can keep in their pockets. … through these investments we are [developing] Communities for new families too [establish] Roots and long-term residents don’t have to pull up their roots, ”Murphy said.
The acting commissioner of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan commented, “This investment will continue to provide students across New Jersey with access to facilities that match the quality education they deserve. The maintenance of the emerging and capital facilities of our schools ensures that the infrastructure of our education system reflects that of the educational quality of these facilities. “
Manuel Da Silva, CEO of SDA, said school construction projects, large and small, remain an economic engine for the state’s construction industry and have the potential to help small businesses.
Meanwhile, State Senator Nellie Pou (D-35) commented, “We are providing new resources to build and maintain solid, stable, and state-of-the-art facilities for our students who need every single added benefit to thrive in the world of the 21st century. “
A full list of all districts and their assignments is available online.
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