Jackson Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Officially Open New Satellite Transportation Facility [PHOTOS]

The Jackson School District celebrated the opening of its new satellite transportation center, which will allow the district to serve the 100-square-mile township more efficiently.

“As we all know, Jackson has changed tremendously over the past two decades and this facility is a big part of responding to that change,’’ said Superintendent of Schools Nicole Pormilli at the ribbon-cutting ceremony held July 13. “Our original transportation facility was built when our enrollment was only 4,000 students. As our district grew and our fleet grew, that location did not have the ability to expand with those changes.”

Pormilli said this new facility will correct cramped conditions at the existing transportation facility, located near Jackson Memorial High School. In a township that is more than 100 square miles, the district’s transportation department operates more than 154 vehicles – all of which need to be maintained regularly and serviced periodically. District vehicles travel 1.8 million miles each year transporting more than 9,000 students safely to and from school.

“We needed to adjust and adapt,’’ she said. “The result is a gorgeous building that stands for two things that this administration and this Board of Education believe in – progress and efficiency.”

Pormilli said the project shows what can be done when an administrative team works hard alongside our Board of Education and our transportation and facilities departments to “identify a problem, brainstorm a solution, set a goal and see it through.”

Pormilli thanked the current Board of Education President Tara Rivera, Vice President Michael Walsh, and Board Members Gus Acevdo, John Burnetsky, Tzvi Herman, Scott Sargent and John Spalthoff, as well as former members Thomas Colucci, Sharon Dey and Vicki Grasso, who were involved with the project from its inception. She also thanked retired Superintendent Stephen Genco, who was superintendent during the entire time this facility was imagined and realized, and Facilities Director Edward Ostroff, who oversaw the project.

“I’m so happy to see members of the transportation department here with us to help us celebrate this official opening – you all work so hard to serve our students and I hope this facility helps make that responsibility just a little bit easier,” Pormili said. “Thank you for all you do for our district.”

The project was designed by Spiezle Architectural Group.

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