Unfortunately, that is also now. Since 1998, the State has only built 3 new schools in Paterson-PANTHER Academy, Roberto Clemente and International High School.
We need to reduce overcrowding in our high schools. Eastside and John F. Kennedy High Schools each have 500 more students that they were built to serve.
And as we are successful at keeping students to graduation, the schools become even more crowded. In fact, if Eastside and Kennedy kept all their freshman through to graduation, we need 1,000 more seats or more than 40 regular classrooms, not counting more gym and cafeteria space.
Consider as well that the new high school reforms call for all students to take three years of science. Neither school has sufficient lab capacity to meet that goal.
All of this and more is detailed in Paterson’s Long Range Facility Plan.
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Click here for Paterson’s current school construction priorities.
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