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New school for early elementary grades is completed in Harrison, N.J.

Oct. 27, 2020
Officials stage a ribbon-cutting for Kennedy Elementary, but Covid-19 is keeping students away until at least mid-November.

Construction has been completed on a new elementary school for students in pre-K through first grade in Harrison, N.J.,

The Jersey Journal reports that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, students are not yet allowed in the new Kennedy School, although town and district officials have held a ribbon cutting for the facility.

The three-story school cost $36 million to build, New Jersey School Development Authority spokeswoman Edye Maier says. The 65,500-square-foot school, named for former President John F. Kennedy, can accommodate up to 390 students and will alleviate the crowding in the Harrison district’s lower grade levels.

High-tech features at the school include touch screen tables, smart boards and chrome-books for students in all classrooms, printers and Wi-Fi for teachers, and lift-controlled overhead projectors and audio equipment in the gym and cafetorium.

The building also features electronic door access cards for staff, a bulletproof lobby entrance and a hallway camera system.

Nine classrooms are reserved for kindergarten, another nine for grade 1, two for pre-K and two for special education. Also provided are a cafetorium, gym, outdoor play space, support space and one-to-one technology for students.

The district is still waiting for the contractor to install a turf safety surface and fencing for a pre-K playground area. Construction began in March 2018 and included demolition of three residential buildings on Fifth Street to provide sufficient space for outdoor recreation.

In-person classes at the school are scheduled to resume Nov. 16, along with the rest of the district.

A surveys of families in the town of 17,000 show that about 30% prefer to continue with virtual classes and roughly 60% want in-person classes, Among Kennedy School parents, as many as 67% want in-person learning, the district says.

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