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Hoboken school district reveals details on $241 million high school project

The Hoboken school district proposed a new $241 million high school. Photo provided by the Hoboken Public School District.

The Hoboken school district has revealed details for a new $241 million high school that, if approved by voters, would be four stories tall with new classrooms along with recreational and art facilities, and would be constructed on JFK Stadium.

The plan was revealed after the Board of Education had announced the initiative, saying that it would meet the needs of a growing population in Hoboken.

The new high school would have a 1,200 student capacity, with 27 general rooms, 11 specialized labs, six special education classrooms, a culinary arts classroom, two art rooms, a theatre arts and set design shop, a media classroom and an IT lab.

There would also be a number of recreational facilities including two gyms, a year-round ice hockey rink, two sheltered outdoor tennis courts, a competition-sized pool, a wellness studio, a physical therapy room, and a turf field on the roof with a six-lane track.

The new high school would have a turf field on the roof. Photo provided by the Hoboken Public School District.

The proposed project would create the student entrance on Jefferson Street and a community entrance on the opposite side for members of the public to use the recreational and arts facilities.

A parking structure would have about 110 vehicle capacity for teachers. The school would also be designed to allow a new story to be built on top if more classrooms are needed.

If the plan goes forward, the current high school would become the new middle school, and the current middle school would become an elementary school.

The project will be voted on by the city’s residents on January 25, 2022. If approved, it is expected to begin construction six to eight months after and would open in September 2025. The funding for it would come via a 30-year bond of about $241 million; administrators said the bonds would cost taxpayers an additional $496 a year in property taxes for 30 years.

The project will be presented to the Hoboken Planning Board in December along with additional public community meetings.

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