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SDA, West New York Educators Dedicate New Public School No. 4

West New York, NJ (December 4, 2007) - New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) and West New York School District representatives joined students, parents, area officials and residents at a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony today for the new Public School No. 4.

The school, which opened in September, provides 21st century educational opportunities to 705 pre-kindergarten to 6th grade students. It enhances academic achievement, provides preschool educational programs and helps to alleviate overcrowding in the district.

Scott Weiner, SDA CEO, said, "Our job at the SDA is to work with communities like West New York to develop and deliver much-needed modern school facilities. I am pleased that this collaboration with West New York has led to our second school opening here. We look forward to delivering additional schools to benefit the students, staff and community for decades to come."

The 126,352-square-foot No. 4 School includes general classrooms, an art room, music room, technology lab, two science labs, and family and consumer science rooms. The school also features a cafeteria/auditorium, two computer rooms, a gymnasium, a library/media center with a walkout terrace, six small-group instruction rooms and an occupational therapy room. It also includes underground parking and administrative rooms, including a nurse's station.

Vitetta Architects designed the project, which was constructed by Prismatic Development Corporation. Turner Construction managed the project for the SDA.

Public School No. 4 is the second school to open in the district. The SDA also has opened West New York Middle School and has two others under construction – Public School No. 2 and Public School No. 3. During renovations to No. 2 School, its students are attending class in the original No. 4 School.

New Public School No. 4 is among 22 new and renovated schools managed by the SDA that opened in September, benefiting 13,500 students statewide. It is the largest slate of major school projects opened in a single fall since the school construction program’s inception.

The SDA currently has 23 projects under construction. Overall, the SDA has completed 41 schools and 28 major renovations and additions, along with nearly 400 health, safety and other projects in Abbott districts. The program also has distributed $2.2 billion in grants, impacting more than 1,400 suburban schools statewide.


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