Improve and Modernize Schools
All of Trenton’s Middle Schools are old. I will fight to make sure Trenton schools are just as clean, and just as modern as any schools in suburban Mercer County, that’s what equality is all about.
As a former educator at Hedgepeth/Williams Middle School and Joyce Kilmer School, I saw how physical spaces can help or hinder students’ growth. I’ve worked in buildings that are over 100 years old. The cafeterias often double as school gymnasiums, which is not conducive to a learning environment, nor is having a class on the third floor of a 100 year old building that gets hot in June and September.
Years ago, when I first started working in the Trenton public schools, support staff was highly regarded and supported by the school district. For example, cafeteria workers, custodians, paraprofessionals and security personnel were paid professionals with benefits and pensions. These people lived in the community and worked very hard. Recently, within the last few years, these services were privatized, the employees’ pay was cut, and seasoned professionals have been disrespected and tossed aside, and our children have suffered because of this, because support staff is incredibly important to the day-to-day operations of school buildings.
As Mayor, I will work with the school board to restore respect and dignity back to these proven professionals who provide support and services to our children.
I will also form private-public partnerships to upgrade school facilities; the lights, the central heating and cooling, and make sure that no space has to serve dual purposes simultaneously.