NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Board of Education appears ready to move forward with the plan to build a state-of-the-art, three-story school on a 4 ½-acre tract of land at 50 Jersey Ave.
No less than four resolutions on the agenda for tonight’s meeting are connected to the plan to transfer the Lincoln Annex School to the New Brunswick Development Corporation. DEVCO will then raze the 60-year-old school to make way for the construction of New Jersey’s first free-standing cancer hospital.
Resolution V on tonight’s agenda calls for the board to approve Superintendent Aubrey Johnson, Business Administrator Richard Jannarone and school board attorneys to review, authorize and execute the exchange agreement with DEVCO for the new Lincoln Annex School to be located at 50 Jersey Ave.
Lincoln Annex is home to about 750 students in grades 4-8. Those students would study at the Pathways Campus at 40 Van Dyke Ave. during the estimated three years it would take to build the school at 50 Jersey Ave.
The $750 million project would be paid for by massive hospital chain RWJBarnabas Health.
According to a report prepared by DMR architects of Hasbrouck Heights and Langan engineers of Parsippany, the new school would built to accommodate grades K-8, which “would provide the District with the flexibility to accommodate children in all elementary school grades should it so desire.”
Compared with the 60-year-old Lincoln Annex, the new school would offer more space in terms of the cafeteria, multipurpose assembly room, science demonstration room, media center, nurse’s office, main office, student services, computer lab, art room and tech lab. It would also have a gym, which Lincoln Annex does not have.
The design plans for the new school would include 16,000 to 18,000 square feet for a playground, depending on which of the two designs are chosen. Lincoln Annex does not have a playground.
It would also have space for 107 to 122 parking spots – far more than the 40 spaces at Lincoln Annex.
The site would need to be remediation, according to the plan. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has been involved in the cleanup of a portion of the property where soil and groundwater contamination has been identified. Also, groundwater migrating on the site from other sources contains high rates of chlorinated solvents.
The plan notes that the environmental response to the contamination generally “can be implemented concurrent with redevelopment.”
Tonight’s Board of Education meeting will be held via teleconference technology. The meeting begins at 7:05 p.m. You can access the meeting by calling one of the following numbers: 646-876-9923, 312-626-6799, 408-638-0968, 669-900-6833, 253-215-8782, 301-715-8592, 346-248-7799.
The meeting ID# is 990 8763 3139 and the password is 322222.