New classroom/lab wing heralded at J.P. Stevens

Edison Metuchen Sentinel
by Kathy Chang

April 13, 2011

Edison, NJ
The opening of the new technology lab at John P. Stevens High School has created so much excitement that there is even an air of jealousy among students.
"I wish I want to have a class here," said Ariel Lee, a senior.

Her friend, Andrew Luo, also a senior, will be having his Advanced Placement biology class in the new wing. He is excited to use the integrated Smartboards in the new labs.

Staff, students and officials including Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, Superintendent of Schools Richard O'Malley, J.P. Stevens Principal Gail Pawlikowski, Board of Education members and even the high school's Eagle mascot came together on March 28 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially marked the opening of the new wing. Students began classes there the next day.

The wing, financed through a $4 million lease-purchase agreement, has nine new rooms, including four science classrooms with chemistry, physics and biology labs to a design by Garrison Architects of Marlton. There are also classrooms for math, science and English as a second language, computer labs and a faculty workroom.


"This is another milestone as we continue to move this district forward," O'Malley said.

Board President Gene Maeroff said that thanks in part to the taxpayers in the township, the new facilities will pave the way for future physicists, engineers and students who will work in a host of other fields.

Pawlikowski said she has been waiting for this moment for the past year.

"We have been working around the construction and we have made a great, smooth transition," she said. "The computer labs are open to every student."

Pawlikowski thanked the Board of Education for making the new wing happen, and O'Malley for having the foresight to ask if computer labs were needed.

Nicole Hadjiloucas, a senior and student representative at the high school, said the new wing is a great addition.


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