Public reaffirms support for TCHS modernization, demands input
by Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, PNJ Programs Director
A January 20th meeting of the Facilities Advisory Board (FAB) of the Trenton Board of Education brought out a storm of public opposition to construction of a new high school. While residents of the community immediately surrounding the school and parents of current TCHS students pounded the Schools Development Authority (SDA) and FAB representatives about the lack
of community outreach and involvement, officials were largely silent in response.
The SDA’s newest claim is that selection of a design firm (the next step they need to take in order to move this project forward) will not decide whether TCHS will be modernized or demolished, as their policy requires that the design process (after selection of a firm) encompass consideration of all options via community input, including a design charette involving the public. However, sources tell us that this input is required only AFTER the SDA makes the final decision on what they are going to build.
The public has spoken, and it’s time for the SDA and the Trenton Board of Education to listen, and answer. Both groups stated last night their intention to “continue” working with the public “as they always have.” The evidence of their claimed commitment to the community remains to be seen.