January 7, 2021 | Number of The Day
Drop in spending approved for school construction, between 2020 and 2019

Voters in 13 school districts across New Jersey considered school construction proposals during 2020, taking action on projects including school additions, security enhancements, heating and ventilation work and more. Ultimately, nine districts gave their go-ahead, ringing up a total price tag of $452 million.

But here, as in virtually every other aspect of life in the state, COVID-19 made its presence felt.  

In 2019, 39 districts issued construction proposals, and 26 won voter support. Total approved spending of $585 million was about $371 million higher than the 2020’s investments.

The COVID-19 connection? Due to the pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy canceled special school elections scheduled for Sept. 29 and Dec. 8, giving voters fewer opportunities to approve spending.