Work has commenced on the renovation and expansion of the Lambertville Public School.
On Tuesday afternoon, members of the South Hunterdon Regional School Board, Superintendent Anthony Suozzo, and contractors gathered outside the pre-K through sixth-grade building on North Main Street to ceremoniously break ground.
Just feet away, construction crews were prepping the site for the project and contractors were ripping out the interior of the circa-1960s building.
School Board Vice President Roni Todd-Marino called the project a “watershed moment” for the district and community.
Todd-Marino said the building has been a place where generations of kids have learned, made friends, and enjoyed themselves. With the complete overhaul, the updated facility will help students for years to come.
The $7.9 million project, which will be 40 percent funded by New Jersey state government, will see the entire building modernized, the creation of a STEM lab, accommodations for students and staff with disabilities, and a 5,000-square-foot addition in the front of the building. The addition will house a secure entry way, offices, and other spaces.
Suozzo said the community will be proud of the school when it reopens for students at the start of the 2024-2025 school year.
The district has hired USA Architects and Scozzari Builders Inc. to complete the work.
For this coming school year, the school district will use the former St. John the Evangelist Catholic School to house Lambertville Public School students while the school is being renovated. The religious symbols will be covered.
In addition to the Lambertville Public School project, the district will be constructing a middle school at the high school campus.
Once the new buildings are completed, the district will shift the Lambertville Public School to a pre-K to fourth-grade facility. It will be the only elementary school for the district that covers West Amwell Township, City of Lambertville, and Stockton Borough.
Suozzo said the projects will bring the 2014 mergers of school systems full circle.