With a goal of ensuring the health and safety of students and staff, school districts in the 18th Legislative District will receive more than $818,000 in funding to assist with emergent and capital maintenance needs, as well as address COVID-19 concerns in their buildings.
Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley, who represent the 18th Legislative District, are grateful to Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Schools Development Authority for making the funding available.
“In order to ensure New Jersey remains the number one school system in the nation, we must ensure our schools have the tools they need for students to succeed,” Murphy said in a press release.
“The funds we are announcing today are critical for making sure our schools remain safe and welcoming spaces for our kids and educators and for ensuring that our school buildings can meet the needs of the future.”
In addition to being able to use the funds for emergent and capital maintenance needs and measures related to COVID-19, a district can use the funds to offset appropriate project costs incurred this fiscal year.
“We are committed to ensuring that New Jersey’s educational facilities best support the needs of students through healthy and safe learning environments,” Schools Department Authority CEO Manuel Da Silva said.
“We are excited to continue our work through the administration of this grant program for ROD (Regular Operating Districts) and SDA (Schools Development Authority) school districts, allowing them to make important and necessary improvements to their school facilities.”
The 18th Legislative District includes East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield, and South River.