RTE 1.4 million pounds of public funds are to be put towards the construction of new schools in Newark, New Jersey.
The $50m is part of a $120m grant for the Newark Public Schools which will see a new public school open in 2018, but the construction will take place outside of Newark.
The Newark Public School Board announced last week that it had secured a $50.8m grant from the US Department of Education to help with the construction project.
The money is to be used for the renovation of the school buildings and facilities, the construction and maintenance of classrooms, and for building new office space, according to a statement from the Newark board.
This is the first time that the Department of the Treasury has allocated funds for a Newark Public school project in the US, said Dr Michael Condon, the Newark school board’s principal.
“It is important to note that the construction work will take priority over the renovation work, as it is expected to be completed in 2020.
The Newark Public Board is confident that this will allow us to ensure the best possible construction of the new Newark Public schools,” he said.
This is not the first year that the Newark public school district has sought to secure funds for construction projects.
Last year the district announced that it was aiming to receive $50 million to build new classrooms and facilities.
The district also announced that the first two schools in the district would be closed by the end of 2018, as the school board sought to open them in 2020 in time for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
The district said that it will not be seeking additional federal funds in the new year.
This article originally appeared on RTE New York