331 Regular Operating Districts statewide eligible for state assistance with 1,538 projects

Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced the approval of $507.7 million in state funds to help fund the cost of 1,538 individual school construction projects in 331 school districts throughout the state. Of the state funding, $37.8 million will go to support 171 projects in 26 school districts in Monmouth County, supporting a total of $94.4 million in school construction throughout the county.

“Monmouth County students, teachers and school administrators will benefit from this infusion of more than half a billion dollars in state funding,” said Governor Christie. “These grants will allow for efficient, state-of-the-art school facilities that will help foster an improved learning environment for our children.”

“We’re pleased to announce this funding to districts to assist in the cost of local construction,” added Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Chris Cerf.  “This state and local partnership will go a long way in making sure that Monmouth County students have safe, modern facilities for learning.”

“This funding builds upon the Administration’s continued commitment to the future of Monmouth County’s schoolchildren,” said School Development Authority  (SDA) Chief Executive Officer Marc Larkins. “SDA has already executed 918 regular operating grants improving 553 facilities across 240 school districts under Governor Christie’s leadership alone. Continuing this effort with this state support will assist in our goal of providing students with a safe and healthy learning environment.”

Between state and local contributions, the total project costs of the 1,538 eligible projects are estimated to exceed $1.1 billion. The state-funded grants represent at least 40 percent of eligible costs for projects in the Regular Operating Districts (RODs) and address health and safety issues, student overcrowding and other critical needs. The grants are contingent on local approval of the remaining cost to school districts. Regular Operating District grants are separate from the funding for the 31 “SDA districts,” where the Schools Development Authority is responsible for financing 100 percent of eligible costs.

The Department of Education determines the selection of school projects receiving grant funds, which are administered by the Schools Development Authority (SDA). In September, the state Department of Education (DOE) received applications for more than 2,100 individual school projects.

The DOE categorizes applications into three tiers, with Level 1 being the highest priority based on critical building upgrades, roof and window repairs, code issues, ADA upgrades, security systems and hazardous material abatement.

The funding announced today addresses all Level 1 school facilities needs for all school districts in the state that submitted projects.

Statewide Summary of 2013 ROD grants

Districts

331

Projects

1,538

Total Cost of Projects

$1,149,228,796

State Share

$507,762,444

The statewide summary includes $21.8 million in state grants to assist 15 vocational-technical school districts with 54 construction projects for $48.2 million in total construction.

ROD grants are separate from the funding for the 31 “SDA districts,” where the SDA is responsible for financing 100 percent of eligible costs.

In July 2008, the Legislature authorized an additional $3.9 billion in bonds to finance the state’s share of school facilities projects. There have been three funding allocations since 2008; the most recent was the announcement of $270 million in ROD grants in July 2010.

The DOE determines which school projects receive grant funds from the  SDA. The authority’s current portfolio of active projects is valued at nearly $2 billion – including the 2011 and 2012 Capital Project portfolios (more than $1 billion), additional projects in construction ($55 million), emergent projects ($100 million) and ROD grants ($500 million state share).

 

Monmouth County:

Projects

171

Districts

26

Total cost

$94,369,731

State share

$37,760,959

District

Total Project Cost

State Share of Cost

Atlantic Highlands

$200,000

$80,000

Avon Borough

$199,473

$79,789

Belmar

$700,017

$280,007

Colts Neck

$1,253,300

$501,320

Fair Haven Borough

$1,390,895

$556,358

Freehold Regional High School

$10,301,357

$4,120,543

Freehold Township

$864,969

$345,988

Hazlet

$2,818,292

$1,127,317

Henry Hudson Regional

$1,488,000

$595,200

Holmdel

$2,995,000

$1,198,000

Howell

$17,960,631

$7,184,252

Keyport

$2,180,644

$885,324

Little Silver Borough

$1,071,805

$428,722

Manasquan

$3,860,462

$1,544,185

Matawan-Aberdeen Regional

$4,335,000

$1,734,000

Middletown

$30,931,954

$12,372,782

Millstone

$514,943

$205,977

Oceanport Borough

$691,000

$276,400

Red Bank

$1,214,526

$485,810

Red Bank Regional High School

$100,450

$40,180

Roosevelt Borough

$921,973

$368,789

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

$136,500

$54,600

Tinton Falls

$590,000

$236,000

Wall Township

$4,569,300

$1,827,720

West Long Branch

$2,525,110

$1,010,044

Monmouth County Vo-Tech

$554,130

$221,652

For additional county information of the recent round of ROD grants, contact the DOE Communications Office at (609) 292-1126.