N.J. Lawmakers Blast Slow Pace of School Repairs, Construction

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

State school officials say they will begin construction on a dozen new schools this year, after virtually no building in the three years since Gov. Christie took office.

Yet many dilapidated schools await emergency repairs to flood-damaged hallways, broken windows, and collapsing walls, school advocates said at a hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse. A rusted staircase collapsing at Pyne Point Middle School in Camden is just one of many examples, said advocate Mo Kinberg.

Lawmakers criticized the Schools Development Authority (SDA) for not working quickly enough.

"What's preventing you from being more aggressive in starting these projects?" said State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden), cochairman with State Sen. Ronald Rice (D., Essex) of the facilities and construction subcommittee of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools.

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