NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There have been discussions about selling the Lincoln Annex School, the home to 600 or so third through seventh graders, to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Superintendent of Schools Aubrey Johnson made the revelation a short time after the P-TECH ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Van Dyke Avenue facility on Sept. 5.
The sale of the Lincoln Annex School on Somerset Street near the hospital was also the subject of discussion at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.
When asked if it's true that the hospital wants to buy the school, Johnson said, "There have been conversations about that."
When a resident asked the board who was having those conversations, Board of Education attorney George Hendricks said, "There might be negotiations, but I'm the board attorney. No proposals have been made whatsoever to this district by others than verbally and rumors swirling. So, there's no official anything. If they want to buy it, they have to come to us with a proposal. They haven't. (If they) want to buy it, I don't even know that. I'm the board attorney. I would be one of the first to know."
When it was asked again who was having these conversations with the hospital about the sale of the school, Board President Diana Solis said, "There's going to be no comment on this for now."
Lincoln Annex School opened in September 2016 and is the most recent school to open in New Brunswick. It was the former home to St. Peter's School.
Business administrator and board secretary Richard Jannarone said at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting that the district spent $22 million to convert the school.
In June, RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in partnership with New Brunswick Development Corporation, announced the development of a new, state-of-the-art, free-standing cancer pavilion in New Brunswick. The estimated cost of the project is $750 million.
Officials said the cancer pavilion will be located on property immediately adjacent to the existing Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey campus, although its exact location was not identified at the press conference to announce the project. The Lincoln Annex School is just yards away from RWJ.