NJCU: Jersey City special needs school will remain open, no longer planning 2020 closure

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New Jersey City University says that a framework is in place to keep a Jersey City special needs school open after saying in a letter to parents the school’s last day of business would be June 30th, 2020.

A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“On September 3, NJCU announced its intention to conclude operations at the A. Harry Moore School on June 30, 2020. Subsequently, in cooperation with the City and the School District, the University is pleased to announce the framework of a plan to ensure that the A. Harry Moore School remains open,” the school announced.

“The plan includes addressing with the School District issues related to the safety and security of its students. The University’s position has been and remains that all students have access to the highest educational opportunities and services.”

The announcement comes after elected officials such as Mayor Steven Fulop and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight panned the potential closure, with Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas noting earlier today that the district was working at a rapid pace to resolve the situation.

“As originally stated, NJCU’s communication and position on closing the program on June 30, 3020 was speculative and premature. The NJCU and the JCBOE have engaged in hectic parleys over the last week to ensure the continuity of the program which served the most vulnerable of our children,” Thomas said in light of NJCU’s decision to keep the school open.

“We will continue to work closely with the NJCU, a meeting is scheduled for Monday to work through a broad framework targeting a 5-year agreement. We will involve other stake holders including the state and city to assist and support the AHM program.”

News of the possibility to close the school came to light after the roof of the building partially collapsed yesterday.

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