February 27, 2014 at 2:10 AM
Trenton, NJ - The Department of Education awarded the South Plainfield schools $870,000 in grants this month. The amount represents 40% of the cost for thirteen capital projects the school board is planning.
The largest project is an almost $1.3 million partial roof replacement at Grant School. All the borough's schools will be seeing security enhancements, and three elementary schools (Kennedy, Riley, and Franklin) will be getting new fire alarms. In addition, the district will be replacing boilers in Kennedy School and the Roosevelt School Administration Building, which houses the Future Stars program.
The projects total slightly over $2.1 million, with the local match at $1.3 million.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Genco, praised the grant program, saying that the district has "a number of high priority facility projects that are necessary as part of [its] long range facilities plan." According to Genco, the availability of grant funds has helped the district address some of these needs. "The 40 percent share from the state has allowed us to stretch our capital reserves to address these needs as well as identify additional project upgrades,” Genco said.