CAMDEN, N.J. — A state agency tasked with construction and renovation projects in New Jersey’s poorest districts is poised to decide whether to raze a century-old school building known as the “Castle on the Hill” and replace it with new construction — a project that would cost an estimated $133 million.
The state Schools Development Authority plans to decide on the fate of Camden High School on Wednesday.
The school has faced heating and cooling challenges due to poor insulation and a faulty boiler. The district has spent millions on repairs and maintenance in recent years.
District officials say keeping the school’s iconic tower and building around it would cost at least $200 million. Officials say the new building would have a tower.
The new building would be able to accommodate 1,200 students.