New high school to open in September
Countywide High Tech is on track, officials say
by Hannington Dia
Reporter Staff Writer
Jun 17, 2018 | 4711 views | 0 0 comments | 197 197 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The almost completed High Tech High School campus in Secaucus.
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High Tech High School, a competitive countywide public school that draws from all towns, is on track to open at its new Secaucus campus in September of 2018, officials said last week at a dedication ceremony. The complex was moved from North Bergen to make room for that town’s public schools to expand.

The new $160 million Secaucus campus covers 360,000 square feet, occupying 23 acres next to Laurel Hill Park. It will feature 100 classrooms, a green roof, swimming pool, geothermal heating, windmills, and a 398 seat gym. It will provide for four academies focusing on vocational training, architecture and engineering, applied sciences, and the performing arts.

High Tech High School is known as one of the more difficult schools to which a student can gain admission in the state. Students must submit a packet and other materials, and often have aptitude in the arts or technology.

Previously, North Bergen announced plans to move its high school into the soon to be former High Tech building. However, the district is now considering creating a new middle school in that space instead.

At the cornerstone ceremony held June 7, various local elected officials, Hudson County Schools of Technology administrators, High Tech students, teachers, and administrators looked forward to the school’s opening. The cornerstone contained a time capsule featuring items such as yearbooks and High Tech paraphernalia.

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“Today was a very special day for the entire HCST family.” – Frank Garigulo

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Culmination of a lot of hard work

“Today was a very special day for the entire HCST (Hudson County Schools of Technology) family,” said HCST Superintendent Frank Gargiulo. “The new building is coming along beautifully and we can’t wait to move in and have students roaming the halls. Seeing the students’ enthusiasm is truly wonderful.”

“The new High Tech campus will provide our students with a whole world of new possibilities,” said High Tech Principal Dr. Joseph Giammarella. “The new building has everything our students could need to thrive and triumph inside and outside the classroom.”

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said, “As a former educator, I feel extremely proud and happy to have such a magnificent building for our brightest Hudson County students.”

Hannington Dia can be reached at hd@hudsonreporter.com

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