Menendez, Booker, MacArthur Announce Nearly $62M to Build New School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Menendez, Booker, MacArthur Announce Nearly $62M to Build New School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Hundreds of children will learn in new facility

 
NEWARK, N.J
. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that North Hanover Township School District in Wrightstown, New Jersey has been awarded nearly $62 million in federal funding from the Department of Defense to demolish two schools on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and replace them with a new, modern school that will educate hundreds of children from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

“This is terrific news for our military families whose children are growing up on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,” said Sen. Menendez.  “These men and women, who are proudly protecting our country, should not have to worry that their kids are trying to learn in schools that are over-crowded and crumbling.  And as a premiere installation with over 80 mission partners and our Nation’s only tri-service joint base, new construction of school facilities increases the quality of life for our military families. That’s why I’m so pleased that with this funding, a brand new facility is on the way.”   

Specifically, a $61,958,022 federal grant from the Department of Defense Public Schools on Military Installations Program has been awarded to North Hanover Township School District for the demolition of the Discovery and Atlantis Elementary Schools and construction of a new school on Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst. The new school will serve 850 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fourth.  According to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Discovery and Atlantis Elementary School were the fifteenth and eighteenth schools respectively on the Pentagon’s list of schools most in need of repair.

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