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7115 Educational Adequacy of Capital Projects


Northfield, New Jersey Monitored Mandated
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Capital projects that affect any of the criteria for educational adequacy must be reviewed and approved by the Division of Facilities and Transportation. The criteria are the number, configuration, size, location or use of educational spaces within a school facility. The review for educational adequacy will 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; change-of-use that requires certain alterations, or that requires mechanical or electrical changes pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23 or these regulations; installation of temporary facilities; and any site or school facility change or alteration for the purpose of making the site and school barrier free and accessible to disabled persons pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29

U.S.C. §794 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority and non-authority school facilities projects, along with other capital projects, are subject to educational adequacy reviews pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.1(b). The district will submit any plan to change of use of instructional space that is not a capital project to the executive county superintendent for approval.

Educational specifications for educational adequacy reviews will be prepared and submitted in accordance with

  1. 6A:26-5.2. Educational specifications will be prepared in writing describing in detail the educational program activities and requirements for each space proposed in the capital project, and will refer to the Core Curriculum Content Standards wherever appropriate. The educational specifications will include an itemized list of furniture, equipment, and support spaces required to conduct the educational program specified for each space will be included, together with their estimated areas in square feet, as well as an estimate of the total room area required for each space. The educational specifications will also include specific technical and environmental criteria, adjacencies and other requirements for the educational program will be noted and a building space program that indicates the number and area in square feet of each instructional, specialized instructional, administrative and support space in each existing or proposed building included in the capital project.
  2. 6A:26-5.3.

Schematic plans and other related project documents will be prepared and submitted in accordance with

A project cost estimate on a form provided by the Commissioner of Education, a project schedule, a copy of the dated transmittal letter indicating project document submission to the County Superintendent and a copy of the transmittal letter indicating the date of plan submission to the local planning board (whenever the building footprint, volume, pedestrian or vehicular access are altered by the project) must be submitted to the Division of Facilities and Transportation.

The Director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Equity Issues must receive a completed OEEO questionnaire, in accordance with Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000a et seq.), Section


504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794) and Title 2 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.), from the district and must make a positive recommendation in writing to the Division before schematic plans can be approved for any project that affects the capacity of individual buildings or their sending areas in the district.

In the case of an authority school facilities project, upon completion of detailed plans and specifications, the authority on behalf of the district will apply for final approval of the educational adequacy of the project in accordance with N.J.A.C.6A:26-5.4(a). In the case of a non-authority school facilities project or another capital project, upon the completion of final plans and specifications, the district will apply for final approval of the educational adequacy of the project in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.4(b).

The Division of Facilities and Transportation will collect fees for its reviews according to N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.5.

Adopted: October 20, 2008 NJSBA Review/Update: December 2009; December 2010 Readopted: October 24, 2011

Key Words

Educational Specifications, Planning

Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:7G-1 through -48 et al. Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act
N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-16 Preparation and approval of plans and specifications
for public schoolhouses
N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-16.1 Regulations; construction standards for school buildings
N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-17 Facilities for handicapped persons
N.J.S.A. 18A:33-1 District to furnish suitable facilities; adoption of courses of
N.J.S.A. 18A:46-13 Types of facilities and programs
N.J.S.A. 18A:46-14 Enumeration of facilities and programs
N.J.S.A. 18A:46-15 Facilities and programs; approval by commissioner;
special classes for handicapped children; review;
N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.1 et seq. Barrier Free Subcode
N.J.A.C. 6A:26-1.1 et seq. Educational Facilities
See particularly:
N.J.A.C. 6A:26-5.1 et seq.,
-6.1 et seq.

29 U.S.C.A. 794 et seq. – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 42 U.S.C.A. 12101 et seq. – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


Cross References:

*2240 Research, evaluation and planning *7110 Long-range facilities planning

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

File Code: 7115


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