The Union City Board of Education’s district restructuring is in full swing, and officials couldn’t be more excited.
Officials from the New Jersey Schools Development Authority joined Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack, Board of Education officials and other government officials on Wednesday, as the city broke ground for a new, uptown middle school. The nearly $94-million project is being built at no cost to the taxpayer. Located on 37th Street between Bergenline Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard, the building will house upwards of 900 students in the 7th through 9th grades, easing overcrowding at Union City
High School, Emerson and Union Hill Middle Schools.
With the new school set to open in September, 2025, the district will be restructured. The ninth graders will vacate the high school and enter the middle schools, giving all three middle school grades seven, eight and nine.
NJSDA CEO Manuel Da Silva stated, “The new and renovated facilities delivered by the SDA in communities such as Union City are vital to ensuring all New Jersey students have access to the resources needed to succeed.”
The six story structure will be built next to Union City’s new parking structure, giving school staff a place to park. It will also allow the community to park at night when all sorts of activities are taking place in the school.
In addition to regular classrooms, the state of the art building will feature a media center, technology lab, science lab, environmental sciences lab, STEM robotics lab, hydroponics lab, special education facilities, music and dance space, plus much more.
Mayor Brian Stack thanked Governor Phil Murphy for his commitment to education and providing the resources necessary for Union City to be able to construct the new building at no cost to local taxpayers.