Another twist in the SDA course to destroy Trenton High School
Late on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend. That’s when the Trenton Board of Education acknowledged, finally, that the Schools Development Authority (SDA) would be presenting their “response” to the Better Plan for Trenton Central High School today (Monday, Nov. 30) at 4:30 at the BOE offices. The response is another step in the unfortunate course that SDA has followed of insisting on the staggeringly unsustainable demolition and wholesale replacement of the landmark high school.
The Better Plan was a concept plan intended to show that the building could be modernized. It was not a set of engineered construction drawings. The SDA was supposed to review the Better Plan and see if they could make the modernization approach work. Instead, they chose to dissect the concept as if it was a set of final drawings with the absolute intent of killing any modernization concept. (e.g. Whether the media center is long and skinny or square and stout seems like an odd argument to have at this phase.) The meeting, perhaps predictably, was an afterthought. The Board of Ed had already seen the SDA comments on the Better Plan and voted to move the demolition plan forward. The citizens have been given no effective voice in decisions that impact their school.