TRENTON – Senator Shirley K. Turner issued the following statement today in response to the state School Development Authority (SDA)’s announcement that repairs to the dilapidated Trenton Central High School will be delayed until at least summer 2014:
“After years of broken promises, several tours of the dilapidated school building, and many meetings, we learned today that the SDA has finally hired a consultant to begin surveying the structural issues plaguing Trenton Central High School. While today’s announcement is a step in the right direction, I am outraged to hear that the ‘pre-design analysis’ will take another seven months and actual repairs to the building will not begin until next summer. Unfortunately for the students, teachers, and administrators of this school, this news comes a day late and a dollar short. A delay for another year is unacceptable.”
“In January, I organized a meeting of stakeholders, including the school board president, superintendent, district monitor, parent groups, the state Department of Education, and Marc Larkins, CEO of the Schools Development Authority, and we were given the assurance that the roof, at least, would be repaired this summer before students returned for the fall school year. Now we have another broken promise. This trend of inaction has gone on far too long.
“In just over a month, students and staff members will return to Trenton Central High School and endure another year with unhealthy and unsafe learning conditions. A leaking roof, crumbling walls, discolored drinking water, stifling heat, mold and asbestos do nothing to enhance or motivate our students’ ability to learn. It is unacceptable to expect our children to learn as portions of the ceiling are falling down and rain is leaking into the classroom. Once again, I call on the SDA to immediately address the serious issues at Trenton Central High School. For the safety and health of our students and teachers, these repairs cannot wait a day longer.”