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Governor Christie On Hand For Groundbreaking of Catrambone School in Long Branch

School is first of the 2011 Capital Portfolio to enter the construction phase


Governor Chris Christie was on hand to commend the Long Branch School District and the city for groundbreaking of the George L. Catrambone School on Monday morning.

The school is the first of the School Development Authority's (SDA) 2011 Capital Portfolio to enter the construction phase, with site work already completed.

"With today's groundbreaking, this Administration is demonstrating its firm commitment to move forward with the construction of efficient and cost-effective school facilities that provide our students with modern and efficient learning environments," Christie said today.

The school will be a 109,000 square-foot, two-story facility designed to educate approximately 800 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades. The building will be constructed on the site of the former Elberon Elementary School which was demolished in 2009. 

The facility will include 41 classrooms, four special education classrooms, a cafetorium, stage, computer room, gymnasium, media center/library, art room and a music room. Construction is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014-15 school year.

Terminal Construction Corp. of Wood Ridge, New Jersey was awarded a $27.5 million contract for the construction of the new school. The architect is Becica Associates, LLC of Cherry Hill and Greyhawk North America LLC of Moorestown is the construction manager, and the total estimated cost of the project is $40.1 million.

"I will be grateful for the day when the doors of this school open to the children of Long Branch," Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said.

Catrambone, a former Long Branch assistant superintendent, was also on hand and thanked the SDA and Christie for advancing the project that will bear his name.

"I also want to say thank you to all the students I've had over the years," Catrambone said. "Little do they know that they have been the greatest teachers and inspirations to me throughout my life."

Keven Canning September 24, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Sure Christie is here for the photo opp but his record shows education is the least of his priorities.
SUSAN GALICIA September 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Is that why a State Police Chopper landed on LBHS property? He is a sorry excuse for a governor, education should be a priority for his administration
DJGigs September 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Christie is more of a govenor than the last 15 we have had in this state . Oh thats right , You forgot about Corizine and his Thievery of NJ Private and public
SUSAN GALICIA September 24, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Does that give him a right to continous use of State Police Choppers? I had to pay a Medevac over $12.5 K and he pays nothing? Why would LB want him here, he cut our school funding
DJGigs September 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
For a School that had its funding cut you have an awefull lot . IPADS, a Computer center that rivals most NOCS and a football field that can hold College games practically . And lets not get into teh Solar panels funded three times and the money going other places . YOU HAVE More than most schools in New Jersey .But its Ok for President Obama to fly all over with his -200 MPG Jet LIner...
FromLBtoABbacktoWLB September 24, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Not for nothing Susan but you sound like a teacher... Only a Teacher would complain about this You are looking at a ground breaking ceremony for a 800 million + school . Funding has been CUT???
Freddie Scavin September 24, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Building a school for economically disadvantaged children is a great thing and the focus should not be on our governor but on the importance of investing in the future of our children. Whatever your political views, this project will create jobs and enhance the Long Branch Public School system. Long Branch Public Schools are very fortunate to receive financial support from the state to fund numerous new initiatives. The district does have access to the latest technology, new facilities and new programs but it does not replace the lack of basic needs three-fourths of the student population struggle with on a daily basis. New Jersey needs to continue to invest in our disadvantaged students and assist any hard working child to achieve their full potential.
Keven Canning September 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Great comment Freddie. Agree with you 100%
Peter Koenig September 25, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Sure, a new school is nice, but what will happen inside those new classrooms? The problem with LB schools isn't money - or buildings. It is a continued record of failing to educate our youth. Almost all of the same people who presided over years of neglect are still running the District. Look at the test scores - which few people do, and no one discusses publicly. Incidentally, "three fourths" of LB students do not live in poverty. In any event, the test scores for the "Economically Disadvantaged" subgroup in LB are far below State averages, as are LB's test scores when compared with other Districts in DFG B. If these terms are unfamiliar, I again urge the reader to examine LB's objective test results ... because you won't see them analyzed in the media, or hear them discussed at School Board meetings.
DaTaxMan2 September 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The problem that we have in LB is that the previous administration was a cancer and it will take years to recover from the poison that injected into our district. Administrators concentrated on self-empowerment and personal financial gains at the cost of the students. Its sad how much money was funneled out of the classroom and into the pockets of administrators. Only egotistical people us tax payer money to name buildings after themselves while they are still living…. The only way any building should be named after a living person is when that person has paid for building structure or donated a significant amount of money to the project.
Peter Koenig September 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I agree with the sentiments, though I'd have turned different phrases. I hope for better in the future, but I think most of the same people - or their chosen successors - are still running things. The question remains: when will LB confront its educational failures? I've yet to hear anyone even acknowledge there are any problems. Money? It costs no more to have a proper curriculum. Indeed, the so-called "whole school reform" curriculum, forced on all students regardless of their needs or academic potential, actually cost more than proper textbooks. Don't take my word for it: check out the statistics, the academic credentials of senior administrators, and other basic information you will never hear discussed publicly.


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