NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With performances from drummers, dancers and a juggler, students and school and municipal officials Thursday loudly celebrated the reopening of the Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts.

"Today is a great day," Lizette Delgado Polanco, CEO of the state School Development Authority, said during the ceremony.

“It takes a team to build this incredible facility and we couldn’t have done it without the SDA staff and our ongoing partnership with both the school district and local officials," Polanco said.

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The two-year, $47.1 million project added 60,000 square-feet of classrooms, science rooms, and multi-purpose rooms. The project included up-to-date technology.

Named for the renowned actor, singer musician and Rutgers University alumnus Paul Robeson, the school at 199 Commercial Ave. was closed in the spring of 2016.

Classes were for the kindergarten through eighth grade school were relocated in a building at 40 Van Dyke Ave.