Hazlet Township Public Schools has received more than $1 million in state grants.
The district received official notification from the Office of School Facilities for the New Jersey Department of Education that all of the District’s tier one construction grants were approved, for a total award of $1,101,296.
These projects qualify as school facility projects eligible for State support under Section 5 of the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act, P.L. 2000, c72 (EFCFA). The District is also awaiting notification from the State Department of Education on 12 other grants that were submitted for consideration.
The grants awarded include $249,200 toward new boilers at Raritan High School, $304,320 for structural repairs at Middle Road School, $202,880 for a partial roof replacement at Lillian Drive School, $91,296 for window replacements at the Raritan Valley School, and $253,600 to replace the HVAC equipment in the Raritan High School gymnasium, and represent 40 percent of the proposed construction costs for these projects.
“Securing these grants supports the District in continuing to implement its Long-Range Facility Plan and providing appropriate educational facilities for our students, while not overburdening the taxpayers of Hazlet Township,” said Dr. Bernard F. Bragen, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, in a press release.
These grants come as part of phase four of the $3.9 billion in new school funding signed into law on July 9, 2008. To date, the Hazlet Township School District has submitted and received grants in all four phases, for a grand total of $2,120,807.
“As a District, we will continue to seek any and all alternative funding sources to assist in meeting our mission of ‘Educating our students….to achieve their maximum potential’ and will strive to provide optimal learning environments for our students to succeed,” said Board of Education President Stephen F. Willig.