Ahead of transition to local control, Newark Public Schools cuts ribbon on new downtown headquarters
Published January 25, 2017 | Newswire
On Wednesday, Newark Public Schools officially cut the ribbon on the district’s new headquarters in downtown Newark. NPS said the move will save more than $2 million annually via lower rent and leaner maintenance and operational expenses. The new space will also bring a state-of-the-art science laboratory to downtown Newark that will be accessible by Newark students later this spring and will be run in partnership with the non-profit organization Students 2 Science.
The 97,000 square foot building is located at 765 Broad Street. Over the past six months, all four floors have been built out from scratch to meet specifications provided by the district. NPS said the building offers an opportunity to modernize and upgrade the district’s data center, increase capacity and creating redundancies that protect the district during emergencies.
In addition to the corporate offices, the building at 765 Broad Street will house the NPS Family Support Center (FSC), which has moved from a separate location at 301 W. Kinney Street and is located just inside the main entrance on the first floor of the building. The resource center provides a space for family engagement activities, including helping families to enroll in school.
The opening of the new central office comes as the district prepares to officially transition to local control on February 1, when the school board will regain full authority, and Deputy Superintendent Robert Gregory preparing to take on the role of interim Superintendent.
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