The spigot seems to have been turned on this week for Sandy-related funds, with the federal Department of Education announcing that it will give an additional $1.25 million to 26 school districts in six counties to assist in Sandy recovery.
The monies are being provided by the DOE’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, which provides funding to districts for short- and long-term educational services designed to restore safe learning environments.
New Jersey’s districts, which were invited to apply, were granted 45 percent of what was asked. Some of the grant requests included overtime for staff, substitute teachers, emergency transportation and transportation to alternative sites, temporary security measures, and targeted mental health assessments.
The largest grant was $322,527 to Keansburg, followed by $211,891 to Brick Township.