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December 12, 2016

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority, which is charged with building or renovating the schools in the state’s so-called Abbott districts and lending construction financing to other schools, completed two major projects in 2015.

The A. Chester Redshaw elementary school, a 135,000-square-foot facility with a student capacity of 900 opened in New Brunswick. It cost $51.2 million. A Gifted and Talented Academy was opened in the City of Passaic at a cost of $55 million. Its 115,000 square feet can accommodate 780 students.

The SDA has 12 other projects in the works, according to the annual report, 10 of them new schools. Two are located in Elizabeth, including a new high school; two elementary schools are being built in Jersey City; an elementary school in Keansburg; an elementary school in Newark; two schools in Paterson; and a high school in Phillipsburg. The authority is also renovating two schools in Bridgeton. The entire cost of these projects is projected to be $717.3 million.

The long-awaited Trenton Central is still in the preliminary stages.

The SDA also issued 412 grants to 114 non-Abbott districts totaling $172 million.

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