The funding will cover about 40 percent of the costs of 11 projects at nine borough schools, according to Superintendent Bruce Watson. State officials did not approve funding for a proposed 10,000-square-foot expansion of Westmoreland Elementary School which would have addressed space issues and given the district room for full-day kindergarten.
If officials want all the grants, they'll need to find a way to fund about $5 million to cover the local share of the projects. Watson said they may pursue a longterm bond referendum so as to minimize the impact on taxes, but the school board hasn't made a decision yet.
"This is what they offered to us, but we have to come up with the other money while trying to figure out a new plan for [full-day] kindergarten," board President Michael Rosenberg said.
District officials have 18 months to get a contract signed in order to receive the state funding. They can opt to take all, some or none of the grants.
The proposed projects approved for funding include:
- Lyncrest School roof replacement — $678,000
- Forrest School roof replacement — $514,000
- Memorial School window replacement — $874,000
- Westmoreland School roof replacement — $745,000
- Warren Point School window replacement — $350,000
- Warren Point roof replacement — $616,000
- Radburn School window replacement — $50,000
- Edison School window replacement — $812,000
- Fair Lawn High School roof replacement — $2,000,000
- FLHS window replacement — $581,000
- Jefferson School roof replacement — $825,000