Condition of Trenton (N.J.) High School Shocks Other School Districts

Friday, March 8, 2013

Parents, staff and students from school districts across the state — Trenton, Camden, Irvington, Gloucester City — shared horror stories of broken windows, collapsing roofs and choking mold in dilapidated schools at a meeting yesterday of the state Schools Development Authority.

A teacher from Lincoln High School in Jersey City talked about a “new” wing built in one school in 1911. A union head from Gloucester City railed on about a new middle school that’s been in the works for 10 years, with only a vacant plot of land to show.

But both agreed that their problems paled in comparison to decaying conditions described at Trenton Central High School.

School board members, students and teachers spoke about walls that cascaded water during storms, ceilings that showered tiles on students’ heads, warped floors and plumbing problems that union grievance chairwoman and computer teacher Janice Williams said used to send urine dripping into her basement computer lab.

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