The new Elliot Street School in Newark enjoyed its official grand opening on Wednesday, February 24th. Newark’s School Development Authority invested more than $41 million to build the state-of-the-art facility, which is the first newly constructed facility in the school district since the completion of the new Speedway Avenue Elementary School in 2010.
The original school building was destroyed in 2006 after it was struck by lightning and burned down. Its students have been diverted to various schools in nearby neighborhoods ever since.
The new building, located at 721 Summer Avenue, features specialized instruction classrooms, labs, a multi-purpose room with a stage, and media centers. The 138,000 square foot facility has a total of 42 classrooms and can serve about 900 students. Starting this coming school year, students in grades prekindergarten through fifth grade class will be enrolled at the school.
On the heels of this Elliot Street School ribbon cutting, a brand new Oliver Street school is scheduled to open in spring of this year. Construction planning for South Street School is currently under way; that school is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2018.
In 2007, the New Jersey Department of Education approved Newark Public Schools’ Long Range Facilities Plan, which called for the construction, expansion, or renovation of 58 school buildings in Newark. Speedway, Elliot Street, Oliver Street, and South Street represent four of those schools.