(The Center Square) – New Jersey plans to pay $ 75 million to school districts across the state to address capital maintenance needs and “further address concerns related to COVID-19.”
“School districts share our goal of providing students with healthy and safe learning spaces, which is especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, in a statement.
The New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) will administer the money. Of the $ 75 million, $ 50 million will go to the state’s 31 SDA districts, while $ 25 million will go to “regular operating districts”.
Schools can also use the money to offset project costs incurred during the fiscal year.
Grants range from a District Regular Operating Grant of $ 110 to the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission to a District Regular Operating Grant of $ 393,418 for the Township of Edison to a District Grant Allocation. SDA of over $ 6.4 million for Newark City Schools.
In an announcement, Gov. Phil Murphy said the funds “are essential to ensure that our schools remain safe and welcoming spaces for our children and educators and to ensure that our school buildings can meet the needs of the future.”
An assortment of state officials joined Murphy for an announcement Friday at the Garfield School District.