'The time had come to start new': Eastside High School to be rebuilt

Eastside High School
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CAMDEN, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Plans are in the works to rebuild a Camden high school.

Woodrow Wilson High School was renamed last year as Eastside High School, and in a few years, the school will have a brand new building.

“We’re going to have to relocate students, and those relocation plans are being worked out at this time,” said Superintendent Katrina McCombs.

New Jersey School Development Authority CEO Manny DeSilva estimated it’ll take three to five years to complete but it’s hard to be sure of anything because they still have to get permits and plans approved before work can even begin.

“I think the simplest way is to tear it down and build new, but there’s other variables that come into play.”

This project comes with a price tag of about $100 million. A combination of federal, state and local funding will pay for it all.

Congressman Donald Norcross says, after decades of bandaids, it’s time to do it right.

“And what you see before us is a patchwork of additions that have gone on for years. The time had come to start new.”

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