Written by Woodbridge officials:
Mayor John E. McCormac, Dr. Robert Zega, Superintendent, Woodbridge Township School District, and members of the Woodbridge Township School District Facilities Improvement Project on Wednesday announced the groundbreaking and start of construction of a new Colonia High School multi-purpose football/soccer athletic field at a Colonia High School ground-breaking ceremony.
Mayor McCormac and Dr. Zega noted that the new Colonia High School synthetic turf multi-purpose football/soccer athletic field replaces the original grass turf field built subsequent to the construction of Colonia High School in 1967. The new CHS multi-purpose athletic field will accommodate Varsity and Junior Varsity football, boys and girls soccer, the CHS Cheerleader Team and Marching Band. The synthetic turf field will sport the Colonia High School Patriots logo in center field and Colonia Patriots at each end zone.
The Colonia High School athletic field is part of the larger School District Facilities Improvement Project initiative to rehabilitate School District sport and athletic fields, spectator and stadium bleachers and stands, playgrounds, auditorium theatres, and other public-use school facilities. The investment in new and revitalized public school facilities is financed through tax incentives (Payments in Lieu of Taxes or PILOT’s) that corporations and businesses pay to the Township when they locate a new business or expand an existing business. The Township bond to finance the projects – funded via corporate PILOT agreements - will remove the financial obligation from the School Board to fund facilities projects directly from the annual school budget, allowing more funds in the school budget for curriculum and direct classroom expenditures that will serve to further improve the education of each and every student in Woodbridge Township.
As importantly, the school facility renovation and upgrade initiative benefits the entire community and serves to dramatically improve property values. By implementing the PILOT financing, school district tax funds are not being spent on sport or recreation infrastructure, but are reserved for educational amenities. The Colonia High School multi-purpose athletic field is budgeted for $1.3 million via funding derived from Township PILOT projects