Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and Hoboken Public School District Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson in the present day introduced a brand new lease settlement that can present further classroom house for the Hoboken Public School District at the Jubilee Center.
The five-year lease permits the district to use all three flooring of the Jubilee Center for early childhood education. The house can be allotted to 4 Head Start preschool school rooms for 60 kids within the Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 packages.
“With more families choosing to stay in Hoboken, this additional room at the Jubilee Center will provide much-needed space for our children in Pre-K,” mentioned Mayor Bhalla. “Rather than the center being sold to developers, I’m glad that it will instead be put to good use to support the district’s early childhood education program.”
“I am very excited for the district to utilize the Jubilee Center for four of our Head Start classes,” mentioned Dr. Johnson. “This allows us to free up space in our elementary schools and offer preschool programming in a wonderful location.”
“The board is thrilled to be partnering with the City to lease preschool classroom space in the Jubilee Center for our youngest learners,” mentioned Hoboken Board of Education President Sharyn Angley. “As district enrollment continues to grow, space is of the utmost concern. Securing preschool space in the Jubilee Center will help to alleviate some of the pressures at the elementary level from a facilities perspective.”
Last 12 months, the City bought the Jubilee Center for $3 million, stopping the constructing from being offered to a developer and the elimination of an important neighborhood house following Hoboken City Council authorization in 2021. Acquisition was paid for at no influence to the municipal price range, using federal funding by way of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program.
In March, nonprofit TRUE Mentors moved into the primary and third flooring of the Jubilee Center to present free one-on-one, group, and academic mentoring packages to Hudson County youth between the ages of 7- and 18-years-old.
Under the phrases of the lease settlement, the Hoboken Public School District will use all three flooring of the Jubilee Center from 7 a.m. till 4 p.m. whereas TRUE Mentors will proceed to use the ability from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. till June 30. Starting in September, the district can have entry from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Hoboken City Council adopted an ordinance authorizing the lease settlement on Wednesday, May 4, by an 8-0-1 vote. Councilman Michael DeFusco was absent. Councilmen Phil Cohen and Jim Doyle sponsored the ordinance.