Ewing schools to convert Ryan Administration Building into classrooms

Published: Friday, July 15, 2011, 9:44 AM
By Cristina Rojas/The Times of Trenton The Times, Trenton

EWING — The school district plans to convert its administrative offices on Lower Ferry Road into classrooms for a new alternative learning program and relocate its central office staff in a move that is expected to save money for the district.

By keeping more special education students and students with behavioral problems in the district, the district will avoid spending more money on expensive out-of-district programs, officials said.

“By using new and current resources, the district could dramatically reduce our related costs, which would provide substantial savings and budgetary relief,” Superintendent Michael Nitti said in an email.

The district did not detail the expected savings, and Nitti and school business administrator Brian Falkowski did not return followup calls seeking comment.

School board attorney Marc Zitomer said the proposal is being sent to acting state Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf for approval.

The plans by Garrison Architects of Marlton call for four classrooms for students in grades 4 through 8, officials said.

The district will be able to serve up to 30 students, though it anticipates between 15 and 20 students. There will be three to four students per teacher.

The students will be dropped off and picked by buses separately from students in other township schools.

Zitomer said the administrative offices will move to leased space at 2990 Pennington Road.

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