NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A committee created to choose a site for the Lincoln Annex replacement school will consist of 20 members.
The group comprises a board of education member, nine parents of Lincoln Annex School children, three community members, three district administrators, three Lincoln Annex staff members and the school's principal.
A spokesperson for the district declined to identify the members of the committee that is in the process of choosing between two sites on Jersey Avenue.
Under a plan developed by the city, a major hospital and a leading developer, Lincoln Annex at 165 Somerset St. would be razed and a 12-story, world-class cancer hospital and research facility would be built in its place.
Mayor Jim Cahill, Cancer Institute of New Jersey Director Dr. Steven Libutti and DEVCO President Chris Paladino rolled out the plan at a Feb. 4 meeting at DEVCO's offices.
A tract at 131 Jersey Ave., perhaps including part or all of 121 Jersey Ave., was initially identified as possible location for the replacement school. That would give DEVCO 4.5-6.5 acres to build a school.
At the school board's urging, DEVCO took a preliminary at the feasibility of putting a school on a vacant 4.25-acre lot at 50 Jersey Ave.
It is unclear what role the committee would play in helping plan the new school once the site is identified.
The board voted to authorize "the preparation and filing of an update to the District’s Long Range Facilities Plan that will recommend the replacement of the current Lincoln Annex School with a new school to be constructed on a different site."
As part of the resolution, Lincoln Annex students would attend the district's Pathway Campus at 40 Van Dyke Ave. That building is home to 40 students enrolled in the P-TECH (Pathways In Technology Early College) program.
Michael Chiodo is the principal of Lincoln Annex, which is home to about 750 students in grades 4-8.
A public hearing is scheduled at tonight's planning board meeting to hear a "healthcare and research pavilion development plan."
Officials said the site at 131 Jersey Ave. is contaminated. Although the site has been remediated to an "industrial level," more work would be needed before a school could be built there, officials said.