From " A Preliminary Report on A Postwar Construction Program for Newark, New Jersey"
Construction of the Dayton Street School is recognized as the most imperative need of the school system. The improvement has been recommended both by the Principals' Committee of the Board of Education and the Columbia University Survey. This school is badly needed in a neighborhood separated from the rest of the city by parks, railroads and highways. In this area is the large Seth Boyden public housing development containing 530 family units. Approximately six hundred children from the neighborhood to be served by the new school are now transported by bus to Ann Street School and Miller Street School.
A grade school, properly located and provided with an adequate site, would prove to be a most desirable step in neighborhood development in this area, and is in accord with preliminary studies of neighborhood plans now being considered by the Central Planning Board.
The Board of Education previously owned a small abandoned school in this area. The Board has acquired a portion of Dreamland Park and several additional pieces of property along Hanford and Ross Streets. The total area now owned by the School Board for this school site is approximately 125,696 square feet, or 2.9 acres. The Central Planning Board recently recommended to the Board of Education that enough additional land be acquired to make a total site area of approximately five acres.
An Architect has been engaged to prepare plans and specifications. Preliminary plans are completed and detailed plans are now under way. The estimated cost of building and land is $560,000.
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