Most of the high school students will get their first look inside the building during orientation sessions Thursday and Friday. The first day of classes is Monday. A public ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, followed by a community open house noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Teachers were in the building Wednesday, putting finishing touches on their classrooms. Contractors were sweating over final details, as well. Heery International Inc. was construction manager and Epic Management Inc. was the general contractor, executing the design from DIGroup Architecture LLC. The project has been in the works since 2009, when then-Gov. Jon Corzine took part in a groundbreaking.

“The completion of this project has delivered a spectacular building that the staff, the students and the community will be well-served for many, many years,” Chando said. “It’s been a job well done, a great job by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, the architect and the general contractor to be able to complete a project of this nature.”

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