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In a letter sent last night, the headmaster of The Pennington School, Dr. William Hawkey, sent a letter to the school community regarding picketing outside the construction site on The Pennington School campus along West Delaware Avenue.

It appears that the picketing is in response to The Pennington School hiring a contractor who has hired* non-union contractor for the Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building.

In part Dr. Hawkey explained, “As a nonprofit entity that relies upon donors for capital projects such as this one, The Pennington School is obligated to seek a variety of bids for its construction projects, large and small, to ensure that we are being fiscally responsible… The sub-contractors must meet [the hired contractor] high standards as well as be cost-effective, regardless of whether they are union or non-union subcontractors. In fact, there are both union and non-union subcontractors working on the humanities building.”

It is unclear how long the protesting will continue but MercerMe readers observed police presence at The Pennington School picketing location yesterday.

UPDATED on 2/6/15: Please note that the original published article read that The Pennington School hired a non-union contractor. This article has been updated to clarify that the contractor has hired non-union subcontractors.

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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