The NJ Schools Development Authority (NJSDA) is a state agency tasked with funding and managing the con-struction, modernization and renovation of school properties in 31 Abbott districts (also known as SDA districts) through-out the state.
The BACNJ gained a seat at the table when John Capo was appointed to the NJSDA board of directors.
“I’ve wanted to be a part of the NJSDA for years. School construction involves a lot of masonry, so it makes sense for BACNJ to be involved. For me personally, it will be gratifying to help ensure schools are built with quality materials and be a part of improving the education of students in these districts by providing modern, safe and up to date schools,” says John.
The SDA is governed by an 11-member board of directors with diverse backgrounds in public service, construction, education, etc. They are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.
The SDA’s current $2 billion portfolio includes:
“Talks are underway to figure out how best to distribute the funds this coming year,” adds John, who was also appointed to the SDA audit committee.
More about the SDA
The School Construction Program was launched in response to the 1998 ruling by the NJ Supreme Court in the Abbott v. Burke case that determined that the state had to fund construction and renovation in special-needs districts to address the aging, unsafe and overcrowding that prevented children from receiving the education they needed.
The SDA was formed in 2007 and its mission is to “deliver high-quality educational facilities that best meet the needs of the students of the State of New Jersey. While providing efficiently designed facilities that enhance the academic environment, we promote fiscal responsibility in the management of taxpayers’ resources.