NEWARK - The Schools Development Authority has announced the construction of three new schools in Newark.

Chief Executive Charles McKenna joined Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson for the kickoff ceremony at the site of the future Elliott Street Elementary School on Summer Avenue. 

Along with the new construction, Newark will also receive funding to repair other city schools.

"There's nothing more important than educating our young," says McKenna. "America is the land of opportunity, but these opportunities are only available to these people who have a good education. So we provide good education to people that really gives them the keys to success in life."

The SDA has been criticized for its slow pace in releasing funds to support the state's poorest districts.  
Last week, members of the Senate Budget Committee urged the office to speed up its work on these and other projects.