Economy in New Jersey is in a steady decline. This troubling news is made even worse by the fact that the $807 million hole in the state budget has caused another drop in the area’s already-low credit rating. This budget deficit is causing a lot of setbacks and is felt all over the state. This school in Trenton is a case in point:
“We will have to call out a structural engineer,” said Everett Collins, the executive director of the Trenton school district’s building and grounds department, on a tour of the building today.
He pointed out the cracked plaster at the top of a long stairwell in the former high school — which now houses Paul Robeson Elementary and Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School.
Collins said here, like in most of the district’s 22 buildings that his department is tasked with repairing, the district does not have enough funds or staff to keep up with the maintenance required by structural decay, so rather than a patch, these buildings need repairs.
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(Article Excerpt from: Trenton school tour is a reminder that more funding is needed to repais city’s decaying schools, nj.com/, May 7, 2014 )