NEWARK, NJ - Newark Vocational High School will reopen this fall for the 2019-2020 school year.
Starting with a ninth-grade class of approximately 250 students, the school will grow by one grade each year until grade 12, according to Superintendent Roger León. It will offer tracks to prepare students for careers in printing, hospitality, and culinary arts.
Newark Vocational will be the only comprehensive career and technical education high school operated by the district. Other vocational schools in the city are operated by Essex County.
The building has been vacant to students for a few years and is undergoing repairs in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year.
“The school will require extensive asbestos abatement,” said School Business Administrator Valerie Wilson, during the 2019-2020 budget meeting in March. New Jersey School Development Authority (NJSDA) started a massive windows project earlier this year according to Wilson. “We are trying to encourage them to continue the work," she said.
Due to health and safety risks, the SDA is paying for current construction projects to make the building serviceable for students in the upcoming school year. Projects include window replacement, roofing replacement, and exterior masonry repairs.
There are plumbing and electrical requirements that need to be met.
The district allocated $2 million toward the restoration and outfitting of the building’s classrooms.
As of last school year, Newark Vocational officially did not exist on record as a school according to a district spokesperson.
When the school building closed at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, "Newark Vocational" functioned as a program. Students who attended the school were moved to West Side Campus, where Newark Early College High School is also located.