Jersey City Global Charter School cuts the ribbon on new middle school in the Heights


Jersey City Global Charter School cut the ribbon on a new middle school in the Heights this morning, concluding a ceremony that had school and city officials in attendance.

“As Jersey City is a growing city, we’ve really tried to make sure that we have infrastructure to meet our growth. Part of that is making sure we have adequate school seats and good options for people to get a good education,” Mayor Steven Fulop said outside of 246 Congress St.

“We tried to partner wherever possible: we built traditional public schools, like last year we opened P.S. 16 downtown. While other cities across New Jersey on the school construction front, Jersey City is finding ways to build new schools.”

The school, which is ranked number 38 among elementary school according to US News, has now formally expanded their presence on Congress Street – still operating out of 255 Congress right across the street.

Jose Arango, a founding member and the chair of chairs for the New Jersey Republican party, said Global Charter is the biggest accomplishment he’s been a part of since coming to this country from Cuba.

“Jersey City Global Charter School is the biggest accomplishment that I have done in my life, as anything that I have done in the United States,” he said to applause.

“I’m doing this because I want to payback to [what] this country gave me, that my own country didn’t give to me. I came to this country in 1974 and didn’t know a word of english. I got a lot of ESL and basically that’s why I sound like Ricky Ricardo today.”

Alice Green Minor, the Global Charter board president and another founding member, said she decided to get involved to help more children in Jersey City.

“When I heard about Jersey City Global Charter School, I got very excited. I am more excited about even the micro-society teaching our children how to be entrepreneurs, so that’s what helped make us unique. I am more than honored to be here today.”

Other dignitaries in attendance included former Mayor Brett Schundler, also a former New Jersey Department of Education commissioner, state Senator Jon Bramnick (R-21), Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), and Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh.

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