New Jersey schools affected by Hurricane Sandy will share $1.25 million in federal grants to assist with recovery efforts, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The Project School Emergency Response to Violence funds must be used for education-related services including mental-health assessments, leasing of space to replaced damaged schools, emergency transportation, temporary security measures, and overtime pay for teachers, counselors and security or other staff.

New Jersey Department of Education spokesman Barbara Morgan said the department will issue guidelines for which districts and municipalities will be eligible to apply and what the funds can be used for.

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Local schools that had extensive damage include Stone Harbor, Long Beach Island and Beach Haven. Several other shore area districts had transportation costs to bring in children from families that were housed in mainland hotels after the storm.

Grants were also awarded to New York City, which got $1 million, and New York State and Connecticut, which each got $500,000.

Contact Diane D'Amico:

609-272-7241

DDamico@pressofac.com

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