NORCROSS STATEMENT ON NEW SCHOOLS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ANNOUNCED TODAY

(CAMDEN) - Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) released the following statement regarding the governor's announcement of new school construction projects to be undertaken by the Schools Development Authority (SDA).

"I applaud the SDA for honoring their commitment to build a new middle school in Gloucester City. As a member of the Legislature's Joint Committee on the Public Schools, I have made the Gloucester City project a priority given the high level of need and the ongoing costs incurred by the city's pursuit of this new school for their children.

"I was also encouraged to find that Camden City High School has been formally identified by the SDA as a facility with serious deficiencies that must be addressed, as this decision is long overdue. Today's announcement is welcome news for the students in these schools. I urge the SDA to act quickly on behalf of all our students to ensure that they have a learning environment that is productive and safe. There are still far too many students suffering in sub-standard and dangerous facilities across our state -- especially in Southern New Jersey, which remains underrepresented on this list."