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Long-Range Facilities Planning

 

The Board of Education recognizes that sound planning based on accurate information is essential to the provision of suitable educational facilities.  In order to ensure that future district construction is planned on the basis of need, the Board, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:7G-4 and N.J.A.C. 6A:26-2.1 et seq., will maintain and submit a Long-Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) to the New Jersey Department of Education.  Except as provided in N.J.A.C. 6A:26-3.14, no school facilities project will be considered or approved unless the district’s LRFP has been submitted to and approved by the Commissioner of Education.

 

Long-range facilities planning by the school district shall be in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-2 et seq.

 

N.J.S.A. 18A:7G-1 et seq; 18A:33-1 et seq.

N.J.A.C. 6A:26-2.1 et seq.

 

Revised:  November 2017

Educational Adequacy of Capital Projects

Capital projects that affect any of the criteria for educational adequacy shall be reviewed and approved by the Division of Administration and Finance (Division) in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5 et seq.  The criteria are the number, configuration, size, location, or use of educational spaces within a school facility.  The review for educational adequacy shall take into consideration the suitability of the number, configuration, size, location, and use of educational spaces; built-in furniture and equipment; and provisions for the disabled.

 

Projects requiring approval for educational adequacy, as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.1 are:  new school facilities including pre-fabricated facilities; additions to existing school facilities; alterations to the total number, dimension in volume and/or area, configuration or location of educational spaces or the number of any one kind of educational space.

 

New Jersey Schools Development Authority (Development Authority), Regular Operating District (ROD), along with other capital projects, are subject to educational adequacy reviews pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.1(b).  The Executive County Superintendent shall approve any change of use of instructional space that is not a capital project.

 

Educational specifications for educational adequacy reviews shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.2.  Educational specifications shall detail the educational program activities and requirements for each space proposed in the capital project, and shall refer to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards wherever appropriate.  The educational specifications shall include an itemized list of furniture, equipment, and support spaces required to conduct the educational program specified for each space, together with their net areas in square feet, as well as the net of the total room area required for each space.  The educational specifications shall also include specific technical and environmental criteria, adjacencies and other requirements for the educational program and a building-space program that indicates the number and net area in square feet of each instructional, specialized instructional, administrative, and support space in each existing or proposed building included in the capital project and/or temporary facility.

 

Schematic plans and other related project documents will be prepared and submitted in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.3.

 

A project cost estimate on a form provided by the Commissioner of Education, a project schedule, a copy of the dated transmittal letter to the Executive County Superintendent indicating project document submission to the Division, and a copy of the transmittal letter indicating the date of plan submission to the local planning board shall be submitted in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.3(b)4.

 

In the case of Development Authority school facilities project, upon completion of detailed plans and specifications, for final approval of the project’s educational adequacy of the project in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.4(a).  In the case of ROD school facilities project or another capital project, the school district shall apply upon the completion of final plans and specifications for final approval of the educational adequacy of the project in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.4(b).  In the case of a temporary facility, the school district or the Development Authority on behalf of the school district for Development Authority school facilities projects, shall apply upon the completion of detailed plans and educational specifications for approval of the temporary facility’s adequacy in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.4(c).

 

The Division shall collect fees for its reviews according to N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.5

 

For a Development Authority school facilities project not subject to educational adequacy review, the Division shall issue a preliminary project report and shall forward the report to the Department of Community Affairs in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.6(a).  The review shall require the documentation required by the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.15.

 

For a ROD school facilities project or other capital project, not subject to educational-adequacy review, the Division shall make a determination of the project’s final eligible costs and shall forward their determination to the Department of Community Affairs in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.6(b).  The review shall include the documentation required by the UCC in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.15.

 

N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.1 et seq.; N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.15

 

Revised:  November 2017

Site Selection and Acquisition

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

School Closing

The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to provide a thorough and efficient program of free public education and appropriate facilities to house that program.  The Board further recognizes that declining enrollments, diminished resources, district reorganization, and/or other good cause may require the use of one or more district facilities for educational purposes be abandoned.

 

To receive approval for the closing of a school the Board shall provide the Division of Administration and Finance (Division) and the Executive County Superintendent with the following assurances:

 

  1. The proposed closing is consistent with the district’s approved LRFP because:

 

  1. The school district has demonstrated that sufficient school building capacity exists to house students for he five years following the closing; or

 

  1. The school district has demonstrated through a feasibility study that the benefits of undertaking new construction outweigh those of rehabilitating the school proposed for closure.

 

  1. The use of temporary facilities in the remaining schools does not result or increase from an overall facilities shortage caused by the school closing; and

 

  1. The re-assignment of students to other schools in the district does not produce, sustain nor contribute to unlawful segregation, separation, or isolation of student populations on the basis of race or national origin.

 

A request for approval from the Division for the school closing shall include the recommendation of the Executive County Superintendent.  A letter of approval from the Division based on the information in N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.5(a) and as listed above shall be required before the school’s closing.

 

The Division shall notify the school district in writing of its determination with respect to the requested school closing, with a copy provided to the Executive County Superintendent.

 

N.J.S.A. 18A:20-36; 18A:33-1

N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.5

 

 

Revised:  November 2017

Gifts, Grants and Donations

The Board of Education accepts its responsibility to provide from public funds sufficient supplies and equipment for an effective instructional program. The Board recognizes, however, that from time to time individuals or organizations in the community may wish to contribute additional supplies or equipment to enhance or extend the instructional program.

The Board may accept by resolution duly passed at a public meeting any gift or grant of land, with or without improvement, and of money or other personal property, except that the Superintendent may accept on behalf of the Board any such gift less than $1,000 in value. Grants of land are subject to the appropriate legal limitations and approvals.

The Board reserves the right to refuse to accept any gift that does not contribute toward the achievement of the goals of this district or any gift the ownership of which would tend to deplete the resources of the district. The Board shall not provide public moneys for the purchase of any school property on a matching fund basis.

Any gift accepted by the Board shall become the property of the Board, may not be returned without the approval of the Board, and shall be subject to the same controls and regulations as are other properties of the Board. The Board shall be responsible for the maintenance of any gift it accepts, subject to any joint agreement with another governmental body.

The Board will respect the intent of the donor in its use of a gift, but reserves the right to utilize any gift it accepts in the best interests of the pupils and the educational program of the district. In no case shall acceptance of a gift be considered to be an endorsement by the Board of a commercial product or business enterprise or institution of learning.

The Superintendent shall:

1. Counsel potential donors on the appropriateness of contemplated gifts and encourage such donors to choose as gifts supplies or equipment not likely to be purchased with public funds;

2. Encourage individuals and organizations considering a contribution to the schools to consult with the Principal or Superintendent before appropriating funds to that end;

3. Report to the Board all gifts that have been accepted on behalf of the Board;

4. Acknowledge the receipt of any gift accepted by the Board; and

5. Prepare fitting means for recognizing or memorializing gifts to the school district.

N.J.S.A. 18A:20-4; 18A:20-11 et seq.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Supervision of Construction

The Board of Education directs that the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary be responsible for the supervision of all building construction in this district. Supervision shall include field inspection of the contractor’s operations, administrative review of the activities of the architect relating to the construction, and any other construction matters relating to the interests of the school district.

The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall report periodically to the Board that by his/her personal knowledge the work of the construction contractor and the architect is being performed in accordance with the plans, specifications, and contracts approved by the Board.

A change order involving additional cost will be submitted by the architect for Board review.

A change order not involving monetary considerations may be acted upon solely by the architect and reported to the Board.

Upon completion of a building project and a final inspection of all its aspects by the architect, contractors, and school officials, a recommendation for acceptance shall be made to the Board by the architect.

N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-16; 18A:18A-43; 18A:18A-44

Adopted: April 2005

Revised: January 2015

School and Facility Names

School buildings and separate school facilities, both on school_ grounds and within school buildings, shall be named only by formal action of the Board of Education. In naming schools and facilities, the Board shall strive to honor the traditions and high ideals of this district and the community it serves.

A school building or school facility may be named to memorialize the outstanding service of a school district employee or officer.

No such employee or officer will be considered for memorialization in a school or facility name during his/her lifetime.

The Board welcomes the suggestions of members of the community in the naming of school buildings and facilities and may appoint a committee of interested persons to conduct appropriate studies and make recommendations for Board consideration.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Disposition of Property

The Board of Education believes the efficient administration of the district requires the disposition of property and goods no longer necessary for school purposes.  The Board directs the periodic review of all district property and authorizes the disposition by sale, donation, or discard of any property no longer required for the maintenance of the educational program or the efficient management of the school district.  The disposition of any school property will be in accordance with this Policy and applicable laws.

 

Real estate property will be disposed of by sale or otherwise, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:20-5 through 18A:20-7 and N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.4.  If an approved site, or interest therein, is to be altered or disposed of through sale, transfer or exchange of all or part of the total acreage, including facilities, if applicable, a written request for approval of the disposal will be made to the Division of Administration and Finance (Division) in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.4.  The Division will notify the district of its approval or disapproval.

 

The Board may, by resolution and by sealed bid or public auction, authorize the sale of its personal property not needed for school purposes, and disposal of any property declared scrap or waste.  If the estimated fair value of the property to be sold exceeds fifteen percent of the bid threshold in any one sale and it is neither livestock nor perishable goods, it shall be sold at public sale, together with a description of the items to be sold and the conditions of sale, shall be published once in an official newspaper.  By resolution of the Board, the purchasing agent may include the sale of personal property no longer needed for school purposes as part of specifications to offset the price of a new purchase.  In the event no bids are received for personal property or the personal property is not sold at private sale pursuant to, N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-45, the Board may declare the personal property as scrap or waste and dispose of it locally.

 

Personal property may be sold to the United States, the State of New Jersey, or to any body politic in the State of New Jersey, or any foreign nation which has diplomatic relations with these United States by private sale without advertising for bids.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Policy, property acquired with Federal funds for use in a Federally funded program will be disposed of in accordance with applicable law and guidelines.

 

The Superintendent shall develop regulations for the disposition of district property that provide for the review of the continued usefulness of all property in conjunction with the periodic inventory of property; the recommendation for Board designation of property for sale, donation, or discard; and the disposition of property in a fair and open manner consistent with the public interest and applicable laws.

 

N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5, 18A:18A-45; 18A:20 through 18A:20-7

N.J.A.C. 6A:26-7.4

 

Revised:  November 2017

Maintenance and Repair

The Board of Education recognizes that the fixed assets of this district represent a significant investment of this community; their maintenance is, therefore, of prime concern to the Board.

The Board will develop, approve, and implement a comprehensive maintenance plan in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26A:3.1 and 6A:26A-3.2. A “comprehensive maintenance plan” means a multi-year maintenance plan developed by a school district covering required maintenance activities for each school facility in the school district pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:26A-1.1 et seq.

Required maintenance activities, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26A-2.1, are those specific activities necessary for the purpose of keeping a school facility open and safe for the use or in its original condition, and for keeping its constituent building systems fully and efficiently functional and for keeping their warranties valid. The activities address interior and exterior conditions; include preventative and corrective measures; and prevent premature breakdown or failure of the school facility and its building systems.

Expenditures for required maintenance activities set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:26A-2.1 shall be accounted for in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26A-2.1 shall be accounted for in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26A-2.2.

The required annual maintenance budget amount in the comprehensive maintenance plan shall be included in the district’s annual budget certified for taxes in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:26A-4.1(a). The required annual maintenance budget amount shall be calculated and adjusted in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:4.1(b). The Executive County Superintendent, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:26A:4.1(c), may not approve the school district’s budget if the required annual maintenance budget is not included in the budget certified for taxes.

Facilities maintenance, repair scheduling and accounting shall be in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.9 and Regulation 7410.01.

N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-43; 18A:21-1

N.J.A.C. 6A:26A-1.1 et seq.; 6A:23A-6.9

Adopted: January 2015

Hygienic Management

The Board of Education recognizes that the health and physical well-being of the pupils and staff of this district depend in large measure upon the cleanliness and sanitary management of the schools.

The Board directs that a program of hygienic management be instituted in the schools and explained annually to all staff members. Each school shall be inspected for cleanliness and sanitation by the Township Health Department not less than once each year.

The Board will cooperate with the local board of health in the sanitary inspection of the schools’ toilets, washrooms, food vending machines, water supply, and sewage disposal systems.

The Superintendent shall prepare, in consultation with the school physician, regulations, first aid and emergency medical procedures that utilize universal precautions in the handling and disposal of blood and body fluids, whether or not pupils or staff members with HIV infection are present. School staff members and volunteers shall be provided the supplies for implementing the procedures. In particular, school nurses, custodians, and teachers shall be trained in proper handling procedures. These regulations and procedures will comply with the regulations of the State Department of Health and State Department of Labor (OSHA Standards for Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens) and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bloodborne Pathogens

The Board recognizes that school employees may in the performance of their duties reasonably anticipate contact with human blood or other potentially infectious body fluids that may expose them to bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). In accordance with federal OSHA regulations, the Board will establish a written Exposure Control Plan designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to such infection. The plan shall list all job classifications and tasks in which exposure occurs; describe and require the implementation of workplace controls to eliminate or minimize exposure; require the provision of hepatitis B vaccination to employees who have occupational exposure; and require the provision of a training program for employees who have occupational exposure. The plan shall be updated annually and as required to include new or revised employees positions with occupational exposure. A copy of the plan shall be made accessible to employees.

Disposal of Medical Waste

The Superintendent shall prepare, in consultation with the school physician, a medical waste disposal program to ensure all medical waste, including needles and sharps, are disposed of in accordance with the rules and regulations of the New Jersey Department of Health.

Chemical Hygiene

The Board also recognizes that certain school employees who work in laboratories may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the course of their duties. In accordance with federal OSHA regulations, the Board will establish practices that are capable of protecting employees from health hazards presented by hazardous chemicals used in the workplace. The plan shall contain the locations of hazardous chemicals and shall enunciate a plan capable of protecting employees from associated health hazards and keeping exposure of employees below specified limits. The Chemical Hygiene Plan shall be readily available to employees and shall contain at least the following elements:

1. Standard operating procedures for using hazardous chemicals in laboratory work;

2. Criteria that the Board will use to determine and implement control measures to reduce employee exposure;

3. The requirement that fume hoods and other protective equipment are functioning properly and that measures are taken to ensure adequate performance of such equipment;

4. Provision for employee information and training;

5. The circumstances under which a particular laboratory operation, procedure or activity shall require prior approval from the District Health Coordinator before implementation;

6. Provisions for medical consultation;

7. Designation of personnel responsible for implementation of the chemical hygiene plan; and

8. Provisions for additional employee protection for work with particularly hazardous substances.

The Board directs that the program of chemical hygiene be implemented by the Chemical Hygiene Officer. The District Health Coordinator will serve as Chemical Hygiene Officer for all schools in the district and shall be responsible for the examination of all school facilities to determine where hazardous chemicals are used and to ensure compliance of all school facilities with the Chemical Hygiene Plan.

The Superintendent shall develop and supervise a program for the cleanliness and sanitary management of the school buildings, school grounds, and school equipment pursuant to statute, rules of the State Board of Education, and regulations of the State Board of Health.

The day to day monitoring of the cleanliness of each school building shall be the responsibility of the Building Principal.

29 C.F.R. 1910

N.J.A.C. 6:29-1.3;6:29-1.6; 6:29-2.5; 6:29-3.4

N.J.A.C. 8:52-7.8; 8:61-1..1

Adopted: 21 April 2005

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