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Funds Will Help LB School District Renovate Old High School

LONG BRANCH: The city school district was recently awarded state funding that will help it begin its renovation of the old high school on Westwood Avenue.

Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said the New Jersey Department of Education awarded the district with $3.9 million to help make the building habitable once again.

Salvatore said a majority of the $3.9 million will be used to replace the utilities in the building including its heating and cooling systems, water lines, and fire suppression.

The cost to renovate the entire high school has been priced at $11 million, Salvatore said, so the rest of the project would likely need to budgeted by the Long Branch Board of Education.

Officials hope to use the school, built in 1924, to house the district's alternative education program for 124 students with behavioral problems and learning disabilities. The district is currently holding its alternative education program at the Audrey W. Clark School.

"Having it at the old high school would allow them to transition more easily to the middle school or high school," Salvatore said.

He said enrollment at the district continues to climb so the Clark school could be freed up for elementary school children.

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