Christie proposes $584M in school construction

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has recommended spending $584 million for construction and renovation of 10 mostly urban public schools.

That's far fewer than the 51 school projects in line before Christie took office and halted all work being done through the Schools Development Authority (SDA). The authority has jurisdiction over 31 of the state's poorest school districts.

Christie said yesterday there has been an overhaul of the SDA to make the agency less wasteful and more accountable to taxpayers. He said new projects will be chosen on merit and prioritized.

The review resulted in the recommendation to advance the following 10 projects in 2011:

BridgetonCherry Street Elementary SchoolElizabethAcademic Magnet High SchoolLong BranchCatrambone Elementary SchoolJersey CityPS 20 Elementary SchoolJersey CityElementary School 3New BrunswickA. Chester Redshaw Elementary SchoolNewarkOliver Street Elementary SchoolPatersonMarshall & Hazel Elementary SchoolPatersonPS Number 16 Elementary SchoolWest New YorkHarry L. Bain Elementary School

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