Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco announced today that the North Bergen School District has reached an agreement with the County of Hudson to move forward with plans to open a new North Bergen High School at the current High Tech High School campus, which will be vacated after the school’s new campus in Secaucus is completed. The new North Bergen High School is planned to open for the 2019-2020 school year and its opening will significantly increase classroom space throughout the school system.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for North Bergen students and taxpayers to finally bring a new high school to our community and do it in a fiscally responsible way,” said Mayor Sacco, who also serves as a State Senator. “I am so proud to announce this wonderful news for our community and look forward to the day when we will cut the ribbon on a brand new North Bergen High School.”
As part of the district’s plans, the current High Tech High School building will become home to the district’s 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, while the current NBHS building will house 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Currently 7th and 8th graders are housed in their local neighborhood elementary schools.
The plan will reduce the number of students at the current North Bergen High School by more than 25%, from 2,450 to 1,800. This will be accomplished without erecting an entirely new school building, an undertaking that could cost as much as $150 million according to district estimates.
The current North Bergen High School was designed to accommodate 1,800 students, but the district has added additional classrooms over the years to meet a rising enrollment. It now houses 2,450 students on a split schedule basis. Under the new plan its student population would return to the 1,800 it was originally built to hold.
HCST will maintain a presence in the building after regular school hours for its Adult School program and HCST continuing to manage its existing student transportation facility at the site.
“Utilizing this building and bringing a new high school to a community that desperately needs it is exactly the kind of government partnership that we pride ourselves on,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “We are very pleased to partner with North Bergen on this ambitious project and look forward to seeing it come to fruition.”