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Abbott Facilities Chronology

May 2011 NJSDA/NJDOE tighten rules for emergent projects, again requesting additional information, delaying repairs to crumbling schools.
April 2011 NJSDA ponders how to dispose of properties purchased for school sites.
March 2011 NJSDA issues Capital Program Report listing only two projects scheduled to proceed in 2011 and eight subject to “standardization”and redesign.
2010 NJSDA issues annual report.
May 2010 Newly appointed NJSDA CEO, Marc Larkins announces 2008 list of 52 projects will not proceed until each is reviewed to determine need.
January 2010 Chris Christie sworn in as New Jersey's 55th Governor.
August 2008 NJSDA announces 52 school facilities projects to be completed with the new funding.
July 2008 Governor Jon Corzine signs legislation to provide $2.9 in state financing for Abbott school facilities.
February 2008 NJ Supreme Court gives Governor Corzine and legislators another chance to approve new construction funds.
September 2007 NJSDA releases First Biannual Report on the School Facilities Construction Program.
August 2007 DOE Issues annual report on the School Facilities Construction Program, FY 2007.
August 2007 Governor signs Legislation establishing reforms and replacing NJSCC.
June 2007 NJ Legislature passes reforms to school construction program without funding. ELC response.
May 2007 Supreme Court rules in Abbott XVII on ELC's request for additional funds for school construction. ELC response.
May 2007 SCC Releases 21st Century Schools Design Manual to provide standards for architects and engineers to ensure development of healthy, educationally adequate and cost-effective school facilities.
April 2007 SCC releases Capital Deferral Plan and Project Sequencing Strategy.
April 2007 ELC asks NJ Supreme Court to order State officials and the Legislature to provide funding to restart school facilities projects.
February 2007 SCC Chairman and CEO give School Construction Update to Joint Committee on the Public Schools. See presentation.
October 2006 A national report highlights New Jersey's success in chipping away at the gap in expenditures for school construction between low and high wealth districts.
September 2006 Governor's Working Group releases third and final report recommending additional funding for school construction. ELC response.
August 2006 DOE issues annual 2006 report on school construction. ELC Response.
May 2006 Governor’s Working Group releases second report announcing it will finalize reforms to the school construction program by August, including a recommendation for additional funds to restart numerous school projects across the state. ELC Response.
March 2006 Governor’s Working Group releases initial report proposing significant structural changes in the School Construction Program. The report fails to recommend any time frame for securing additional funding to restart stalled building projects. ELC Response.
February 2006 DOE issues 2005 annual report on School Construction Program. ELC Response. Governor a top-to-bottom review of NJ’s school construction program, and appoints a Special Counsel and working group to recommend reforms to the program.
January 2006 Inspector General issues third report.
December 2005 NJ Supreme Court orders the Department of Education in Abbott XIV to estimate the cost of over 200 stalled school facilities projects in the state’s urban districts by February 15, 2006. Inspector General issues second report on SCC.
October 2005 Deadline for district submission of 2005 Long Range Facilities Plans to DOE. Most Abbott district submissions are incomplete.
August 2005 ELC asks the NJ Supreme Court to order State officials to obtain more funding from the Legislature for school construction projects.
July 2005 SCC announces that the remaining $1.4 billion out of the $6 billion will be allocated to 59 projects. Another 200 projects currently under development by SCC will remain stalled until additional funding is allocated.
March - April 2005 Acting Governor Codey orders Inspector General to review SCC. On April 21st, IG issues report on serious management and financial problems. All new contracts and change orders are put on hold. ELC Response 4-20-05 and ELC Response 4-22-05.
Fall 2004 Newspapers around the state report problems with the School Construction Program under SCC. CEO Jack Spencer announces the funding for Abbott schools will run out in January 2006.
June 2004 ELC estimates that 186 Abbott projects (35% of planned projects) are in some stage of development, including 53 under construction. Most health and safety projects are complete. Finding appropriate sites is the biggest problem for many Abbott districts.
January 2003 Health and safety projects are moving forward under SCC with a goal of completion by the end of 2003. ELC estimates that 49 new construction and renovation projects are underway. To date, the EDA has borrowed $1.1 billion for the school facilities. NJ Dept. of Treasury has locked up $3 billion for future financing at current rates.
July 2002 Governor McGreevey signs Executive Order #24 to streamline school construction process, creating the Schools Construction Corporation (SCC) under EDA. The order also requires "high performance" school buildings. New Jersey is the first state to require this comprehensive approach to design.
December 2000 -
July 2001
The Department of Education approves the five-year facility plans for the 30 Abbott districts with a total cost estimate of $7.3 billion, excluding preschool facilities.
July 2000 The Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act (EFCFA), implementing the Abbott V facilities ruling, is signed into law. The Act authorizes $6 billion in bond financing for Abbott school facilities, and designates the State Economic Development Authority (EDA) as the agency to manage, construct and finance school facilities projects.
May 2000 As Legislature debates bill to implement Abbott V facilities order, the Assembly Speaker asks the Supreme Court for clarification on the State share of facilities funding. In Abbott VII, the Court reaffirms its ruling that the State must fund 100% of all needed facilities costs.
September 1998 DOE issues guidelines for the five-year planning process as order by the Court.
May 1998 The NJ Supreme Court in Abbott V accepts the Commissioner's proposal for a state managed and funded facilities program to correct code violations, eliminate overcrowding, and provide educationally needed spaces. The Court directs that health and safety defects, and additional preschool classrooms be given priority.
January 1998 Abbott V Remand Judge Michael P. King estimates $2.8 billion of deficiencies in Abbott school buildings but recommends a more detailed analysis for each district.
November 1997 The Commissioner files with the Court "A Study of School Facilities and Recommendations for the Abbott Districts" that partially assesses facilities needs and proposes a state financed and managed building program.
May 1997 In Abbott IV, the NJ Supreme Court orders the Commissioner of Education to study facilities needs in Abbott districts and to make recommendations on addressing those needs.
June 1990 In Abbott II, the NJ Supreme Court establishes that a "thorough and efficient education requires adequate physical facilities.