NJ school construction officials in Newark to announce construction of 3 new schools

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
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on April 07, 2014

Former Gov. Jon Corzine visited the Oliver Street School construction site in June of 2009 to announce construction on the school. Almost five years later, Christie administration officials are in Newark to announce construction of Oliver and two other schools.


NEWARK — Officials from the Schools Development Authority are in Newark this morning to announce the start of construction of three Newark schools that have been in development for years.

Charles McKenna, chief executive of the NJSDA, will join Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson, Sen. Teresa Ruiz and others at the site of the future Elliott Street Elementary School on Summer Avenue in the North Ward to announce the projects. The new construction is in addition to money pledged for repairing other city schools.

Officials will also tour the construction sites of the Oliver Street School and South Street School. In 2009, then Gov. Jon Corzine held a press conference on the Oliver Street site to announce that construction on the three-story, grade 3-8 school would begin shortly.

A release from that event notes that construction of Oliver Street, and its “sister school” South Street, was to begin in 2010 and both schools were scheduled to open in September of 2012.

The SDA has been roundly criticized for its slow pace in releasing funds to support the state's poorest districts. Last week, members of the Senate Budget Committee, including Ruiz, urged the office to speed up its work on these and other projects.

The authority oversees $3.9 billion in bonds approved by voters for school construction and repairs. Some of the funds go to suburban districts, but most is targeted to the mostly urban former Abbott districts.

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