BRICK – The school district got some good news this week after it was announced that it would be receiving about $7.5 million in New Jersey state emergency aid, awarded to school districts during times of fiscal distress.
Brick schools has lost a total of some $15 million in state funding over the last four years and was slated to lose an additional $5.3 million in the 2022-2023 school year due to NJ State Senate Bill S-2, which modified school funding in 2018 and eliminated over $20 million to the township over a seven-year period.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Farrell said the added aid would help the district address student, staff and infrastructure needs. Brick will receive $6,527,350 in “Stabilization Aid,” and a $967,754 “Education Rescue Grant,” totaling $7,495,004.
School Business Administrator James Edwards said the funds will help support increased capital expenditures such as HVAC/ventilation systems.
“This much-needed aid will help our district mitigate past budget deficiencies and help us re-establish purposeful (albeit efficient) educational programming for our students,” said Dr. Farrell.
Board of Education President Stephanie Wohlrab thanked Dr. Farrell and Mayor John G. Ducey for their “tireless efforts communicating with Trenton.”