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High school continues to crumble without funds for repairs

March 07, 2011
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TRENTON, NJ — Two weeks ago teachers found that a layer of ceiling had succumbed to rainwater from a leaky drain, spraying a wet mess of paint and plaster chips all over the floor, according to The Times.

No one was present during the collapse: From hard experience, the building custodians had known to preemptively move students and their desks to a neighboring room, the article noted.

The state recently put an indefinite hold on that $150 million replacement project, and the district is now focusing with increasing urgency on the need to catch up on badly needed repairs to the roof, drains and other systems that were put off when a new building still seemed imminent, the article stated.

"We have a building that''s short of falling down," said Superintendent Raymond Broach.

"We have an aged building that''s well beyond what it should be in that school. Clearly, at the end of the day, it screams for equity. That''s not debatable. If it is, there''s something wrong with us as decision makers," Broach added.

According to the article, the rotting drain pipes and the collateral damage they cause when they break are perhaps the most visible sign of the building''s dilapidation.

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