$27.4 M school construction referendum in Secaucus called necessary for growing student body

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The town will hold an “Open House” tomorrow to provide information on an upcoming referendum in which residents will give thumbs up or down on a $27.4-million construction project to accommodate the city’s growing student body.

“I recommend residents attend the Open House - the architect, the bond counsel and our mayor will be there to speak to anyone who has questions,” said Superintendent of Schools Robert Presuto, referring to Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “I encourage them to go out and vote and support the school system,” he said of the Dec. 10 referendum.

Currently, Huber Street Elementary at 1520 Paterson Plank Road, and Clarendon Elementary at 685 Fifth St., have a total student population of 1,289 K-6th graders. The proposed plan would move the sixth graders to the Secaucus Middle School.

The middle school, located at 11 Mill Ridge Road, has a student population of 311 seventh and eighth graders and it will absorb sixth graders based on a state Board of Education recommendation. The middle school would receive extensive renovation and change of use under the plan.

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