Senator Joins Perth Amboy Educators to Celebrate Opening of New Early Childhood Center

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PERTH AMBOY—Wednesday, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) joined the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) and Perth Amboy Board of Education officials to celebrate the opening of the Edmund Hmieleski Jr. Early Childhood Center.

Parents and teachers and area officials were on hand for the festivities as preschoolers began their educational journey, cutting the ribbon for the first school they are attending in their young lives. The school will accommodate up to 405 preschool students, providing them with 21st century educational opportunities.

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Lautenberg said, “This brand new early childhood center will help our youngest students learn how to learn so that they will excel when they reach the classroom.”
Wednesday’s event marked the third new school completed in Perth Amboy. Ignacio Cruz ECC opened in 2004. Dr. Herbert N. Richardson 21st Century School opened in 2006.

“I am proud we are delivering this state-of-the-art Early Childhood Center that was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the SDA and the Perth Amboy School District,” said SDA CEO Kris Kolluri.

The 50,625-square-foot Hmieleski ECC provides an early childhood facility with shared specialized program spaces conveniently located for access by both school attendees and residents of the community. There are 27 classrooms and two multipurpose rooms. It has three learning sectors with a controlled play area with playground equipment connected to each sector.

The school was formally named after the late Edmund Hmieleski Jr., who served 15 years on the Perth Amboy school board, including 11 as president. Family members joined in the ribbon-cutting to honor his memory.

Schools Superintendent John M. Rodecker remarked, “The Edmund Hmieleski Jr. Early Childhood Center represents a state-of-the-art facility designed and constructed specifically for the program and needs of our pre-school student population. It is also fitting that it honors Edmund Hmieleski, Jr. who was the President of the Perth Amboy Board of Education for 10 consecutive years dating back to 1975.  For the next 10 years I had the privilege of working with him to fulfill his goal of improving our school system for the children of Perth Amboy. His dedication to the city and its children was paramount in his life.”


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