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    Rich Vespucci

For Release: August 14, 2002

Department of Education Grants Preliminary Approval
to Construction Project in Paulsboro

The Department of Education today announced preliminary approval of a project calling for a variety of rehabilitation projects at the Loudsenslager Elementary School in Paulsboro, Gloucester County.

The school district had submitted an application calling for the following work:

  • Complete renovation of 10 bathrooms;
  • New ceilings and new safety and electrical equipment in the second floor corridors and stair towers;
  • Boiler replacement;
  • Playground equipment replacement;
  • Installation of one elevator return device;
  • Exterior lighting of playground area; and
  • Repair of part of a stair tower.

The project carries a total estimated cost of $341,891.

In granting preliminary approval to the project, the Department of Education has determined that the plans are consistent with education laws and regulations governing school facilities. The Department of Education has advised local school officials of several administrative steps they must follow to complete the application process. The district must:

  • Confirm in writing that it has elected to construct the projects as described in the application;
  • Choose whether it wishes to be reimbursed for some of the project cost by the state through a state grant or through state aid (debt service aid); and
  • Decide not to appeal the state's determination of the preliminary eligible project costs.

After receiving the district's response, the Department of Education will notify the district of the final costs eligible for state funding. The Department of Education has determined the preliminary costs eligible for funding the Paulsboro Township project to be $321,491. The state's share of this project would equal $107,823, or 65.5 percent, of this amount. If the district elects to have the state Economic Development Authority construct the project, state support will be in the form of a grant.

State regulations require that before construction can begin, all school facilities projects have local support. For most districts, such support comes from an approved voter referendum.

State funding of this project comes from $8.6 billion appropriated under the landmark Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act. The law was enacted to make unprecedented amounts of state funds available to help meet a critical need for new, safe and updated schools throughout New Jersey.