The North Bergen Junior High School campus opening has been delayed until September 2024, citing the death of the project construction manager in April, along with unforeseen supply chain emails.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“It’s unfortunate that construction delays outside of the district’s control have led to the opening of this wonderful new school being postponed, however we are certain that this is the only responsible course of action in order to ensure that our students are safe and able to learn in the best possible facilities we can provide,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter said in a statement.
“District leaders have completed all internal preparations for the opening of the school, but factors that we cannot control have made this delay necessary. While we will all have to remain patient, I remain extremely excited for what this new school as well as our full School Realignment Plan will mean for our community.”
The school is now scheduled to open one year later than expected after officials broke ground on the project in March 2022.
This was coupled with global supply chain issues making it difficult to procure essential building materials like steel and electrical and plumbing components in a timely fashion, which impacted the original construction timeline.
The facility, located at 8511 Tonnelle Ave., will house grades 7 through 9, along with Culinary Arts and Expanded Career Technical Education programs for grades 9 through 12.
This will include the return of vocational programs like carpentry, plumbing, automotive tech and other disciplines that will prepare students for in-demand careers.
The plan will also add an auditorium, turf field and student walkway as well as provide for renovations to air conditioning, lighting, and accessibility on the North Bergen High School campus.
The project was green lit after North Bergen voters overwhelmingly passed a $60 million school bonding referendum in 2018.