The state agency tasked with overseeing construction projects for New Jersey’s poorest school districts is under fire once again. This time the Schools Development Authority is being accused of saddling districts with shoddy work that has left long-running problems including severe ventilation issues in some of the neediest schools.
In its latest report, the State Commission of Investigation finds the authority has a spotty two-decade record of wasteful and neglectful management of dozens of properties, resulting in tens of millions of lost taxpayer dollars — and leaving some towns blighted. And it doesn’t end there. Dustin Racioppi is a State House reporter for The Record whose reporting on hiring scandals at the agency two years ago opened the door for further investigations.