Commissioner of Education Dr. Vito A. Gagliardi, Sr. today announced the approval of long-range school construction plans for the Camden, New Brunswick and Pleasantville school districts. The Camden plan calls for an investment of $437 million in state funds to improve the city's schools; the New Brunswick plan calls for an investment of $117 million in state funds; and the Pleasantville plan calls for an investment of $39 million in state funds.
"I am pleased that Commissioner Gagliardi has approved the long-range construction plans for Camden, New Brunswick and Pleasantville," said Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco. "Clearly the substantial financial investment being made by our state will allow the children of these three Abbott districts to attend school in a modern learning environment. The new schools that will be built and the facilities that will be renovated will go a long way toward providing our children with the top-notch learning environment they deserve."
"The new facilities that will be constructed in these three districts, including two large urban districts, will give our children an even greater opportunity to achieve our rigorous academic standards," said Commissioner Gagliardi. "The plans I have approved will ensure that these children will receive the kind of school building to which they are entitled." The Camden plan calls for:
The New Brunswick plan calls for:
The Pleasantville plan calls for:
In the ten months since the Educational Facilities and Construction Financing Act was signed into law, the Department of Education has approved school construction plans totaling more than $7.3 billion for 29 Abbott school districts. In addition to Camden, New Brunswick and Pleasantville, approvals have been granted for: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Trenton, Keansburg, Bridgeton, Harrison, Burlington City, Hoboken, Perth Amboy, Long Branch, Irvington, Plainfield, Vineland, Phillipsburg, Millville, Neptune, Orange, Pemberton, Garfield, West New York, East Orange, Asbury Park, Passaic, Elizabeth and Union City.
Under the law, the state will finance all eligible school construction costs in the 30 Abbott school districts, including Camden, New Brunswick and Pleasantville. After gaining approval of their long-range facilities plan, school districts will submit individual plans for each school construction project to the Department of Education. The department will forward approved projects to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which will initiate finance and construction activities in collaboration with the district.