Christie Administration Announces $1.25 Million Recovery Grant Awards for 26 Superstorm Sandy-Impacted School Districts

 

Districts in the 61 Municipalities that Sustained the Most Damage as Designated by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Were Eligible to Apply

 

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education today announced grant awards to assist school communities as they recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. These funds, made possible through a $1.25 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, are available to districts to fund short- and long-term education services designed to restore safe learning environments for their students.

“Our communities have exhibited tremendous resilience in the face of the after-effects of Super Storm Sandy and they should be commended for all they have done to support our students and their education,” said State Education Commissioner Cerf.  “These funds from the U.S. Department of Education will help support the continuous recovery of school communities in New Jersey and we are grateful these grants were made available.”

School districts or charter schools were able to request reimbursement of expenditures in support of activities intended to restore a sense of safety and security, activities intended to assist students in understanding the impact of the Superstorm and stabilizing their lives, and activities that assist school districts and charter schools in managing the practical problems created by Superstorm Sandy.

Examples of eligible types of services or activities districts applied for include:

  • Overtime for teachers, counsellors, and law enforcement and security officers and other staff;
  • Substitute teachers and other staff as necessary;
  • Emergency transportation;
  • Technical assistance on developing an appropriate response to crisis;
  • Transportation and other costs to operate school at an alternative site, e.g. leasing of space to substitute for damaged building;
  • Temporary security measures such as non-permanent metal detectors and additional security guards and security cameras;
  • Targeted mental health assessments, referrals and services related to Superstorm Sandy with the goal of restoring victims/survivors to their pre-incident levels of functioning.

Based on the number of applicants, monies requested, and available funding, all districts received 45% of their requested eligible expenses.

The list of districts that applied and their award amounts is as follows:

COUNTY

DISTRICT

AWARD

Atlantic

Brigantine

$                    5,515

Atlantic

Pleasantville

$                  58,240

Essex

Newark

$                  32,500

Hudson

Hoboken

$                  48,142

Hudson

Jersey City

 $                    5,459

Middlesex

Sayreville

$                  67,049

Middlesex

South River

$                  46,951

Monmouth

Asbury Park

$                    9,192

Monmouth

Keansburg

$                322,527

Monmouth

Manasquan

$                  63,655

Monmouth

Monmouth Beach

$                 47,052

Monmouth

Rumson

$                  34,249

Monmouth

Rumson - Fair Haven

$                    1,174

Monmouth

Union Beach

$                  28,667

Ocean

Bayhead

$                    9,977

Ocean

Brick Township

$                211,891

Ocean

Central Regional

$                  38,973

Ocean

Lavallette

$                  24,465

Ocean

Little Egg Harbor

$                  51,554

Ocean

Long Beach Island

$                    6,727

Ocean

Pinelands Regional

$                  47,443

Ocean

Point Pleasant Borough

$                    7,820

Ocean

Point Pleasant Beach

$                  16,001

Ocean

Seaside Heights

$                  24,537

Ocean

Stafford

$                    3,469

Ocean

Toms River

$                  36,771

Total

$            1,250,000

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