Trenton, NJ -
As part of his ongoing commitment to meet the needs and best interests of Camden‟s students, Governor Chris Christie today announced a major multimillion dollar rehabilitation and renovation project atCamden High School. He was joined by New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) CEO CharlesMcKenna, Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd and Camden Public Schools Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard.
“Camden is a city full of promise and potential and so are its students,” said Governor Christie.
“The more than $50 million investment we are making to rehabilitate and renovate Camden High School is also an investmentin the children of this city. The renovated facility will have a lasting imprint, educating a new generation of
Camden students while ensuring they have a quality learning environment in which to thrive.”
An Interagency Working Group, comprised of members from SDA, the NJ Department of Education andCamden Public Schools, have been meeting regularly to determine the best project for Camden HighSchool.
With today‟s announcement, a plan has been developed that will address Camden High School‟
sfacilities deficiencies. More than $50 million has been committed to rehabilitate the school, as well as provideadditional features and enhancements that promise to address the programmatic needs necessary toguarantee a 21st
Century education for the students of Camden High School.
“Our residents, along with past and present graduates, have a great admiration for this iconic building not tomention all that „The High‟ or the „Castle on the Hill‟ represents," Mayor Dana Redd said. "As many are aware,renovations to the building have been talked about for some time and with funding from the State now madeavailable, it will address many critical and longstanding structural deficiencies. I am excited to stand withGovernor Christie as we celebrate the history of Camden High and the bright future that lays ahead." “Making sure that our students have a school that is safe and modern is the first step to ensuring theiracademic success,” said Congressman Donald W.Norcross. “This $50 million investment will not only addressthe much-needed structural needs at Camden City High School, but it also demonstrates our ongoingcommitment to the City of Camden and its residents by providing top rate classrooms where opportunities forsuccess are achieved.”
“Over the years, the SDA‟s commitment to Camden Public Schools has been significant,” said SDA CEO
Charles McKenna. “The SDA is pleased to support the Governor‟s announcement of another partnership with
the City of Camden and the Camden Public Schools in order to fully rehabilitate, renovate, and transformCamden High School into a state-of-the-art facility.”
The procurement process for this project is scheduled to begin in December, with the anticipatedadvertisement for design services issued in early 2015.
“Camden High School is a landmark in the community, and today marks a new beginning for the Camden HighSchool students and community,” said Camden Public Schools Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard. “It is our hope that this project will restore Camden High School into a world-class high school campus and will help usas we continue to restructure our high school offerings and reinvest in our students to make sure they areready and able to meet the needs of the 21st-
To date, the SDA has invested nearly $261 million in completed projects in Camden, including five newschools and 57 Health and Safety/Grants/Emergent Projects. The SDA‟s current portfolio of active projects is valued at approximately $2 billion – including the Capital Project Portfolio (more than $1.5 billion), emergentprojects ($100 million) and Regular Operating District grants ($450 million state share).