Sweeney Praises Community After Tragic School Fire

James Monroe Elementary School Principal Lynda Zapoticzny takes Senator Sweeney on a tour of the temporary classrooms at Middlesex County College Credits: Chris Donnelly

EDISON, NJ – Senate President Steve Sweeney visited with students of James Monroe Elementary School and met with Principal Lynda Zapoticzny at Middlesex County College this afternoon.

A fire destroyed James Monroe Elementary on March 22, forcing students to move to a temporary location at Middlesex County College.

“The students, parents, teachers, and administrators have all shown great resilience in the face of adversity,” said Sweeney.  “They have made the best of a difficult and tragic situation and are moving forward. I want to thank Middlesex County College for agreeing to provide a temporary location for all these students so that they can continue their education as best as possible given the circumstances.”

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The Senate President met with students and discussed the school’s current situation with Principal Zapoticzny. He promised to work with David C. Hespe, the Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, to help James Monroe students adjust to their new surroundings and circumstances.

“I have promised Principal Zapoticzny that I will work with Acting Commissioner Hespe to ensure as smooth a transition as possible as these students try to deal with a variety of issues in the coming weeks,” said Sweeney.  “Given what they have had to go through, it only makes sense that we work with school officials and parents so that the process is accommodating to their needs.”

Demolition and removal of what is left of James Monroe Elementary will begin on April 25.

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