Governor Murphy Announces Initial Round of Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act Projects

May 28, 2021

The Murphy Administration is recommending $317.2 million in awards for initial round of SOCFBA. The projects will now go to the Legislature for final approval

TRENTON – Building on his commitment to ensuring a safe and high-quality educational experience for New Jersey’s students, Governor Phil Murphy today joined with Acting Commissioner of Education Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges to recommend projects for approval by the Legislature as part of the first round of funds released under the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act (SOCFBA).

The grants—which will fund school security, water infrastructure improvements, and enhancement of career and technical education (CTE) in county vocational-technical school districts and county colleges—are supported by $500 million in bonds approved by New Jersey voters in November 2018.  Round-one projects have been approved by the Murphy Administration and will now be transmitted to the Legislature for final approval.

“I have long believed that investments in our students and schools are investments in the future of our state",said Governor Murphy”. “These projects will help our school districts and institutions of higher education keep students safe and healthy, while also ensuring that they are ready for the careers of future.”

“This is an investment in future opportunities for our children,”said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “It will help provide them with job skills for the modern workforce, improve their safety and security in schoolrooms, and protect their health and well-being by ensuring clean water. It is an investment in their future and in the future of New Jersey, and I look forward to reviewing the proposed projects.”

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

County Vocational School District CTE Projects – Approximately $220.2 million

The SOCFBA allocated funds for construction projects that support CTE program expansion for County Vocational School Districts (CVSD). These projects will fund renovation and new construction to increase student capacity in select county vocational CTE programs, including related demolition, site improvements and physical plant upgrades, and furniture and equipment in renovated, reassigned, or new spaces related to county vocational CTE program expansion. Applicants were required to demonstrate that new student seats would be in county vocational CTE programs that prepare students for high-demand, technically-skilled careers.

The first round of the SOCFBA will fund 17 proposed projects, totaling approximately $220.2 million. These grants will be administered by the Department of Education (DOE).

DOE County Vocational School District (CVSD) Projects
Garrison Architects: 4 Grants totaling $26,250,000.00  
County Campus Grant Total
Camden Gloucester $5,250,000
Camden Pennsauken $6,750,000
Cumberland Cumberland Tech $2,250,000
Gloucester GCIT $12,000,000
Total   $26,250,000

School Security Projects — Approximately $65.4 million The SOCFBA allocated funds for the installation of silent panic alarms to alert law enforcement during an emergency as required by Alyssa’s Law, and for other school security upgrades. Other school security upgrades include exterior lighting improvements, surveillance cameras, intercoms, remote locking/unlocking doors, shatter-resistant glass, signage improvements, generator installation, and impact-rated vehicle barriers.

The first round of the SOCFBA will fund 494 proposed projects, totaling approximately $65.4 million. These grants will be administered by the DOE.

Tthe list of Garrison Architects round-one projects in this category, are as follows:

DOE School Security Projects
Garrison Architects : 65 Grants totaling $3,428,091.00
County District Grant Total
Burlington Cinnaminson Township $145,514 .00
Burlington Delanco Township $22,080 .00
Burlington Delran Township $167,493 .00
Burlington Florence Township $87,088.00
Burlington Moorestown Township $233,908.00
Burlington Palmyra Borough $49,746.00
Burlington Rancocas Valley Regional $131,609.00
Burlington Riverside Township $73,830 .00
Burlington Westampton Township $51,564.00
Camden Audubon $85,952 .00
Camden Bellmawr Borough $57, 728.00
Camden Berlin Borough $43,455 .00
Camden Black Horse Pike Regional $225 ,735.00
Camden Camden County Vocational School District $135,145.00
Camden Cherry Hill Township $608,190.00
Camden Eastern Camden County Regional $125,951.00
Camden Haddon Heights $85,294.00
Camden Haddon Township $113,688 .00
Camden Magnolia Borough $20,540.00
Camden Merchantville $21,875.00
Camden Mount Ephraim Borough $10,881.00
Camden Pennsauken Township $256,539.00
Camden Runnemede Borough $41,678.00
Camden Sterling High School District $61,529.00
Camden Stratford Borough $44,592.00
Camden Woodlynne Borough $10,175 .00
Cape May Avalon $20,000 .00
Cape May Cape May City $20,000 .00
Cape May Dennis Township $27,418.00
Cape May Lower Township $57,213.00
Cape May North Wildwood City $20,000 .00
Cape May Stone Harbor $20,000.00
Cape May Upper Township $74,234.00
Cape May Woodbine $20,000.00
Cumberland Cumberland County Vocational School District $45,520.00
Cumberland Cumberland Regional District $66,994 .00
Cumberland Lawrence Township $24,149.00
Cumberland Maurice River Township $20,000.00
Cumberland Millville $276,338 .00
Cumberland Upper Deerfield Township $41,941.00
Gloucester Clayton $77,148 .00
Gloucester Deptford Township $221,268.00
Gloucester East Greenwich Township $66,486.00
Gloucester Elk Township $20,000.00
Gloucester Franklin Township $21,200.00
Gloucester Gloucester County Special Services School District $33,513 .00
Gloucester Gloucester County Vocational School District $95,41 2.00
Gloucester Kingsway Regional High $112 ,489.00
Gloucester Logan Township $28,355.00
Gloucester Mantua Township $60,524.00
Gloucester National Park Borough $20,000 .00
Gloucester Paulsboro $62,581.00
Gloucester Delsea Regional High School District $99,252.00
Gloucester Swedesboro-Woolwich $84,253.00
Gloucester Wenonah $20,000.00
Gloucester Woodbury $78,655 .00
Ocean Pinelands Regional $74,246.00
Ocean Southern Regional $178,855.00
Salem Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional $11 2,575 .00
Salem Pennsville Township $92,908 .00
Salem Pittsgrove Township $93,043.00
Salem Salem City $61,424.00
Salem Salem Co Special Services School District $20,000.00
Salem Upper Pittsgrove Township $20,000.00
Total   $3,428,091



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