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first_imgFunding for all-day pre-k may be heading to Bayonne as part of $25 million in earmarked funds from July’s state school funding agreement that netted Bayonne an additional $2.9 million. While those funds are vital, all-day pre-k remains a major priority for the district, which saw its pre-k funding slashed by half a million dollars last year. School districts were notified last week of a looming August 21 deadline, leaving the Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) a short window to come up with a plan. While any additional funds are more than welcome in the long-starved Bayonne school district, the burning question in the minds of the school administration is whether the funds will cover the costs of an all-day pre-k expansion while very little space is available in current facilities. Districts that receive the funds are required to begin the all-day pre-k programs by November 1. Click here for more.Bayonne’s plans to revitalize parks across the city are chugging along. The Bayonne City Council this month approved a $1.7 million contract to Picerno-Giordano Construction to begin improvements on Dennis Collins Park at the southern tip of Bayonne. In addition, the “Raise the Roadway” project includes $2 million from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for improvements to the area around the Bayonne Bridge. The improvements are expected to be completed by winter and will proceed in phases, starting near the bridge and finishing at Gorman Field. City officials are also beginning preliminary discussions on a linear park underneath the Bayonne Bridge. At Dennis Collins Park, tennis courts will be resurfaced, and a new volleyball court will be constructed. The fitness stations in the park will see new exercise equipment, and much of the old playground equipment throughout the park will be replaced. The two dog parks will be combined into one, with resurfacing, new equipment, and new dog water fountains. An underused bike park that consists of ramps, boxes, and rails was torn down this month to make way for other park improvements. City officials said the park was rarely used in recent years, because it was not maintained and was primarily used by BMX bikers. With the construction of an excellent concrete park merely a stone’s throw from the old bike park, BMXers should be satisfied. City officials said that later phases of construction also may allow for a new bike park, or adding onto the new concrete skate park. Click here for more. ×last_img read more