Hudson County Schools of Technology Hosts “Topping Off” Ceremony for New High Tech High School

SECAUCUS, NJ – The Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) celebrated the placement of the final steel beams for the construction of its new High Tech High School in Secaucus during a “Topping Off” Ceremony on Tuesday. In total, the school will utilize more than 3,286 pieces of steel in its construction.

The ceremony was attended by HCST school officials, the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) and public officials, including Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, HCST Superintendent of Schools Frank Gargiulo, HCST Board President Craig Guy and HCIA Chief Executive Officer Norman Guerra.

“This state-of-the-art facility is exactly what our Hudson County education family needs to excel in a rapidly evolving environment in the 21st century,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “As a former educator in Hudson County myself, I know the impact quality education has had on countless young lives and the new High Tech High School in Secaucus will be another step in the right direction for our county’s students and children.”

The new school is on track to open for the 2018 – 2019 school year and will encompass 350,000 square feet upon completion, sitting on a 22-acre site on county property in Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. It will be a state-of-the-art facility that is environmentally friendly, featuring a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating of Gold and potentially Platinum. It will also feature four self-containing wings and allow for academic concentrations in performing arts, culinary arts, environmental science, digital Fabrication Laboratory (dFAB), mechatronics, and more.

“This ceremony represents another benchmark in the creation of an incredible new school that will give Hudson County students the educational opportunities they deserve,” said HCST Superintendent of Schools Frank J. Gargiulo. “With the last beam of steel now in place, we can enter the next phase of construction and are one step closer to ensuring that every child that attends our school system has a real chance to achieve their full potential.”

The new school will serve 1,200 students which is almost 30% more than the current High Tech enrollment of 935. Construction is now moving on to the enclosure phase with the steel structure nearly complete.

“We would like to thank all partners in this pursuit of the highest quality education for Hudson County for their hard work in ensuring that the new High Tech High School construction remains on schedule and is executed in a timely and efficient manner,” said Hudson County Schools of Technology Board President Craig Guy. “On behalf of the board, we look forward to the completion of the new school for the 2018 – 2019 school year.”