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$5M in Funding for School Security Projects

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Commissioner of Education Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan submitted the second round of Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act (SOCFBA) school security project recommendations to the Legislature for approval. If approved, the projects submitted will provide districts across the state with approximately $5.15 million in funding for school security upgrades including the installation of silent panic alarms to alert law enforcement during an emergency as required by Alyssa’s Law, and other school security upgrades including exterior lighting improvements, surveillance cameras, intercoms, remote locking/unlocking doors, shatter-resistant glass, signage improvements, generator installation, and impact-rated vehicle barriers.

“Making these investments in our schools will ensure safe learning environments for our students,” Murphy said. “The second round of Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act projects will reach students and schools across our state. I look forward to working with partners in the Legislature to expeditiously get these funds to our schools.”

The second round of funding will be supported by $500 million in bonds approved by New Jersey voters in November 2018.  The initial round of SOCFBA project proposals—which totaled $317.2 million—was submitted to the Legislature in May 2021. Following approval from the Legislature, Governor Murphy signed legislation in July 2021 to appropriate first-round funds. Third-round details and applications will be announced at a later date.

“We are committed to making New Jersey schools as safe as they can be,” Allen-McMillian said. “This second round of awards will make an additional 60 schools across the state more secure from the mountains of Warren County to the beaches of Cape May.”

“Revitalizing New Jersey schools’ infrastructure is paramount to the safety of students and staff. Alyssa’s Law was a blueprint for school security systems and safety measures,” said Senator Ron Rice. “This second round of funding will expand the safety procedures that have already been established and fund districts across the state that truly need it.”

The Murphy Administration is transmitting the following to the Legislature for final approval:

County

District Name

Recommended Grant Amount

Bergen

BERGEN CO SPECIAL SERVICE

$         33,785.00

Bergen

CARLSTADT-EAST RUTHERFORD

$         31,890.00

Bergen

ELMWOOD PARK

$       144,169.00

Bergen

PARK RIDGE BORO

$         66,603.00

Bergen

TEANECK TWP

$       195,484.00

Burlington

BEVERLY CITY

$         20,000.00

Burlington

MANSFIELD TWP

$         27,580.00

Burlington

MAPLE SHADE TWP

$       120,524.00

Burlington

NEW HANOVER TWP

$         20,000.00

Camden

BERLIN TWP

$         16,653.00

Camden

CLEMENTON BORO

$         25,035.00

Camden

COLLINGSWOOD BORO

$       119,721.00

Camden

LAUREL SPRINGS BORO

$         20,000.00

Camden

LAWNSIDE BORO

$            4,500.00

Camden

OAKLYN BORO

$         20,000.00

Camden

SOMERDALE BORO

$         26,289.00

Camden

WATERFORD TWP

$         38,750.00

Cape May

LOWER CAPE MAY REGIONAL

$         73,761.00

Cumberland

HOPEWELL TWP

$         25,913.00

Essex

ESSEX CO ED SERV COMM

$         20,000.00

Essex

ESSEX CO VOC-TECH

$       154,755.00

Essex

ESSEX FELLS BORO

$         20,000.00

Essex

IRVINGTON TOWNSHIP

$       352,329.00

Essex

LIVINGSTON TWP

$       184,230.00

Essex

MONTCLAIR TOWN

$       377,768.00

Essex

NUTLEY TOWN

$       228,171.00

Hudson

EAST NEWARK BORO

$         20,000.00

Hunterdon

HUNTERDON CO ED SERV COMM

$            2,949.00

Mercer

EWING TWP

$       191,033.00

Middlesex

CRANBURY TWP

$         24,819.00

Middlesex

METUCHEN

$       128,387.00

Monmouth

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS BORO

$         20,000.00

Monmouth

MILLSTONE TWP

$         55,460.00

Monmouth

NEPTUNE CITY

$         20,000.00

Monmouth

NEPTUNE TWP

$       205,044.00

Monmouth

OCEAN TWP

$       189,594.00

Monmouth

SHREWSBURY BORO

$         25,305.00

Monmouth

UNION BEACH

$         28,078.00

Morris

MORRIS COUNTY VOCATIONAL

$         93,869.00

Morris

RANDOLPH TWP

$       261,862.00

Salem

SALEM CO VOCATIONAL

$         49,699.00

Somerset

FRANKLIN TWP

$       382,358.00

Somerset

MONTGOMERY TWP

$       267,839.00

Sussex

STANHOPE BORO

$         20,000.00

Sussex

SUSSEX-WANTAGE REGIONAL

$         54,378.00

Sussex

WALLKILL VALLEY REGIONAL

$         38,898.00

Union

CRANFORD TWP

$       218,811.00

Union

GARWOOD BORO

$         20,172.00

Warren

ALLAMUCHY TWP

$         23,012.00

Warren

ALPHA BORO

$         20,000.00

Warren

BLAIRSTOWN TWP

$         23,356.00

Warren

FRANKLIN TWP

$         20,000.00

Warren

FRELINGHUYSEN TWP

$         16,182.00

Warren

GREAT MEADOWS REGIONAL

$         34,329.00

Warren

HOPE TWP

$            1,549.00

Warren

LOPATCONG TWP

$         38,554.00

Warren

MANSFIELD TWP

$         31,416.00

Warren

PHILLIPSBURG TOWN

$       210,810.00

Warren

POHATCONG TWP

$         20,000.00

Warren

WASHINGTON BORO

$         24,858.00

Total

 $   5,150,531.00

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