NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Board of Education will be utilizing telecommunications to conduct Tuesday's meeting in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the public will be able to participate during the public comment portion of the meeting through phone conferencing.

The system will be activated Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

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The public hearing on the budget will start at 6 p.m. and the regularly scheduled monthly school board meeting will follow immediately thereafter.

All board members, staff and members of the public can participate in the meeting by calling the following numbers and inputting the meeting identification number, 132 815 242, and the password, 322222.

Phone numbers to dial in are 646-876-9923 (main number) 312-626-6799, 408-638-0968, 669-900-6833, 253-215-8782, 301-715-8592 and 346-248-7799.

The board's decision to use telecommunications came after Gov. Phil Murphy signed executive orders. The so-called "Stay At Home" orders seek to promulgate social distancing as a way of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential businesses are order closed, non-essential personnel are instructed to stay off the roads and public and private meetings are banned.

One item on the regular meeting agenda is a resolution approving the submission of the Long Range Facilities Plan to include the replacement of the Lincoln Annex School.

This will be a formal step forward in the sweeping plan that also includes officials from the city, Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health and the New Brunswick Development Corporation.

The plan that was unveiled at DEVCO offices on Feb. 4 calls for Lincoln Annex to be razed. A 12-story, world-class cancer pavilion will be built in its place. Students will attend the Pathways campus at 40 Van Dyke Ave. while a $55 million replacement school is built.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $750 million and will be paid for by RWJ.

The school board is considering two sites for the replacement school. The original site identified for the school was at 131 Jersey Ave. with possibly a portion or all of 121 Jersey Ave. The board is also considering 50 Jersey Ave.