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What Should Schools Do About Enrollment Drop?

Everyone has opinions. Patch is the place to share them.

The Washington Township School District recently hired a demographer, Dr. Richard Grip, to put together an analysis about future enrollment trends.

Grip's analysis showed a projection of the district possibly losing 500 students over the next five school years. .

So, Long Valley Patch wants to know what you think the Washington Township School District should do over the next few years, if enrollment does indeed drop as projected?

There won't be a poll attached to this week's question, rather it is an open-ended question. Please leave your comments in the section below.

As always, thanks for participating.

Thomas Lotito January 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
@ Mad, you got it right. Employee compensation packages were allowed to grow at an unsustainable rate. Our BOE is owned by the teachers unions. Here's what BOE member Kathleen Koop said, "If I were a parent not on the Board of Ed and I didn’t attend these meetings and such, I would want to know the consequences for such a decision. We have to be very clear with everyone on the consequences of this idea of closing a school.”.......I don't see Kathleen Koop ever voting to cut back school employee compensation packages........Closing a school will never happen, unless the BOE cuts back it's employees and it's employees and compensation packages...
Jason Koestenblatt January 17, 2012 at 03:21 PM
All - Again, thank you for your comments and participation in this topic; it's clearly a sensitive issue for many residents in town. We've deleted some comments that violated our terms of service, and responses to those comments to which the context would not have made sense if standing alone. We ask that you continue to discuss this issue, but please keep it civil and free from attacks or harassment or we will be forced to close the thread. Thank you.
P Armstrong January 20, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Given the economy, it's irresponsible of our town/county/state/US government not to cut costs. We the people cannot support further bloated government, schools, whatever. We are not getting pay increases, and falling further behind. The government, if it intends to lead, should cut costs ahead of our own decreases, to help the people who pay for it.
P Armstrong January 20, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Cannot agree with full-day kindergarten. Why find another way to dig into our pockets when we need to cut back??
willbur January 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
i wonder if the teachers premiums doubled??? i pay > $500 per month and have a $2400 deductible, more if out of network, lately costs average $10,000 per year, and thank God no one was even in the hospital.>> http://finance.yahoo.com/news/health-insurance-deductibles-doubled-7-165602963.html

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