County Cuts Ribbon On New Education Support Annex at GCIT Campus The new complex combines two offices to one location to better serve students and staff of shared administration of two school districts.
(Deptford, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders and Board Members of the Gloucester County Institute of Technology and Gloucester County Special Services School District cut the ribbon today for the new Education Support Annex that will house support staff and functions for both the GCIT and GCSSSD.
“After seeing the success we have had with a shared administration for our Special Services School District and Institute of Technology, it made sense to combining their support functions into one location,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. Sweeney noted that the GCSSSD administration offices had been moved to the GCIT from Holly Avenue in Sewell.
“By sharing administrations for two school districts we are saving Gloucester County taxpayers over $1 million annually. By moving their support functions into one location we can create more efficiencies and better serve students and staff,” Sweeney said.
Freeholder Director Sweeney said that 63 employees supporting GCSSSD and GCIT relocated to the new annex at GCIT.
GCSSSD and GCIT have had a shared services agreement since 2001. In 2005 Gloucester County Special Services School District (GCSSSD) has been ranked first in the state for having the lowest cost per pupil for special services districts in the Comparative Spending Guide published by the New Jersey Department of Education. Additionally, the Vocational-Technical School District went from being tenth to ninth for lowest cost per pupil out of the 21 state-wide county programs.
“Gloucester County’s Special Services District and GCIT are sharing everything from a Superintendent to athletic fields, staff, support staff, gymnasiums, pool use, office space, and storage space,” said Freeholder Brigandi. “The consolidation to one location for office and support functions was a natural move in our path to sharing more, creating more efficiencies, and delivering more tax relief to the taxpayers,” Brigandi noted.
May 26, 2006
County Cuts Ribbon On New Education Support Annex at GCIT Campus
Freeholder Brigandi said, “Our shared administration operates GCIT, the Bankbridge Regional School, and Bankbridge Elementary School in Deptford, and the Child Development Center in Washington Township. After the new Bankbridge Development Center is constructed (autism school) the students of the Child Development Center will move into the new facility and everything will be on one education campus, including the administrative staff.”
Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger said that Gloucester County has been a leader in regionalizing and sharing services. “We always take sharing services and regionalization into consideration with everything we do. We understand that taxpayers only have one pocket, not a county, municipal or school pocket to pay for their services and that is why we combine functions when we can.”
The departments that were relocated in the move from Holly Avenue site to the Education Support Annex are:
- Nonpublic Programs – which provide supplementary, nursing, special education and related services to students in nonpublic schools in this region.
- Child Study Team
- Transportation Services (bussing for school districts in Gloucester County)
- Computer Center – provides school related software and support to school district throughout the state.
- Human Resources
- Districts Business Office
- Special Projects – which serves the Migrant Students in the Southern Region and provides education for the homeless (Federally funded)
In a transitional temporary move, the Regional Council Services & Early Intervention has relocated to the Child Development Center from Holly Ave. and will be located in the new Bankbridge Development Center when the facility is completed.
Freeholder Director Sweeney noted that the county has an architect designing plans to renovate the Holly Avenue building so it can be used for the county’s Health Department, which is currently located in on Fries Mill Road in Washington Township along with the Child Development Center.
The Holly Avenue building that previously housed the educational support staff is a newer 20,000 square foot building that will be more efficient operations at the county’s Health Department.
“When the new school for autism is completed in 2007, the Child Development Center will move into their new home on the education campus, and then the county will consider selling its Fries Mill property to reduce our inventory and put it back on the tax roles,” Sweeney said.
Renovations are anticipated to start in august of this year and be completed by beginning of 2007. In addition to the Health Department the County Adjuster will also move to Holly Ave.