Trenton Dems invite new SDA head to tour TCHS

TRENTON – The state legislators representing Trenton have extended an invitation to the incoming head of the Schools Development Authority to tour the dilapidated Trenton Central High School in hopes of accelerating repairs there.

Sen. Shirley Turner and Assembly members Reed Gusciora and Bonnie Watson Coleman want SDA appointee Charles McKenna to see firsthand conditions at the school, which include a condemned auditorium, a crumbling infrastructure, leaks, odors and more problems.

Gusciora told PolitickerNJ last week that he would invite McKenna. The trio of Democrats hope a change at the top of SDA means a change in philosophy, although they expressed caution overall that the Christie administration might not speed up repairs.

“No student should have to endure the conditions that students at Trenton Central High face day in and day out,” Turner said in a release announcing the invitation. 

“The perpetual neglect that has led to this deteriorating state is shameful.  It’s my hope that the incoming SDA chief will be far more sympathetic to their plight and receptive to our pleas for action. 

“A simple tour can be a real eye-opener.  Each day delayed is another day that we compromise student safety and their overall chances for long-term success.”

The state earlier this year OK’d a $3 million predesign contract but the lawmakers said that was much too little and more needs to be done.

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