The Board of Education may need to select and acquire new sites for school district facilities. Site acquisition for school purposes and every acquisition of land will be made pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:26-3.12 and N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1 through 7.3.
Every acquisition of land, whether by purchase, condemnation, or by gift or grant, to be used as a school site shall comply with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1 et seq. The school district, or the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (Development Authority) on behalf of the district, shall submit information to the Division of Administration and Finance (Division) to obtain approval for land in connection with a school facilities project in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:7.1(b).
In the event the school district intends to acquire land not in connection with a school facilities project, the district shall submit all of the information required under N.J.A.C. 6A:7.1(b) except N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1(b)1.ii and N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1(b)1.iii, and shall further be excepted from the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1(d) and N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1(e). If the school district later intends to change the use of the land and use as a school site, the school district shall be required to submit all of the information required under N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1 and the exceptions outlined above shall no longer apply.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1(d), school site sizes shall be directly related to the acreage required for the structures and activities to be situated thereon. Except where specifically noted for multiple or shared use, the acreage shall be considered for single use.
All school sites shall have sufficient acreage for the placement of the school facility; expansion of the building to its maximum potential enrollment; the placement of all other structures such as greenhouses, storage buildings, school bus maintenance buildings or garages, and any other above or below ground structure, which is to be placed thereon; multi-purpose physical education fields and, for preschool through grade five school facilities, a playground required to support the achievement of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as defined by the number of physical education teaching stations applicable to the school facility pursuant to the facilities efficiency standards and the approved programmatic model; disabled-accessible pedestrian walkways, roadways, and parking areas on which people and vehicles access the building; public and service access roads onto the site including, where warranted, a one-way school bus road of thirty foot width and a two-way road of thirty-six foot width; a school bus drop-off area; and eighteen foot wide posted fire lanes for fire apparatus; and a thirty-foot wide access around the entire building.
Land owned by the Board of Education that does not meet the standards of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1 may be supplemented pursuant to the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1(f).
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1(g), the Division’s approval shall remain effective for three years, after which time Division approval shall again be required to be obtained prior to acquiring land.
The Development Authority may acquire land on behalf of a school district eligible for one hundred percent State support of final eligible costs for school facilities projects that are consistent with the school district’s approved Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). For such school districts, the New Jersey Department of Education shall require submission of all information set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.1(b) to demonstrate compliance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7. The Development Authority may submit the required information on behalf of such school districts.
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:7.3, the Board of Education may acquire an existing facility through purchase, gift, lease, or otherwise provided the Board complies with all procedures and rules pertaining to the appropriation and use of capital funds as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:20-4 and 4.2 and the Board has the facility approved in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-3, which applies to the acquisition of a school site and for the construction of a new facility. Facilities to be procured for temporary use shall comply with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-8 if subject to educational-adequacy review pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.4(c) because the facilities will house students.
N.J.A.C. 6A:26-3.12; 6A:26-7.1; 6A:26-7.2; 6A:26-7.3
Revised: November 2017