BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — Happening now in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot is a protest and petition -rive by residents opposed to the plan to redistrict the elementary schools in town in order to make Universal Full Day Kindergarten a reality. They are collecting signatures on a petition to put redistricting and realigning schools on a referendum in which every registered voter in town can participate.
The Superintendent is expected to make her recommendation for one of two plans that will realign the district and introduce FDK after the surveys are tallied early this week. The recommendation will be based on the result of surveys sent to parents of incoming Pre-K, through current fourth grade students. The superintendent and board will follow the wishes of survey respondents — if 55 percent of them approve of the one of two options available to them. If between 50 and 54 percent of the people support one option or the other, the superintendent will still make a recommendation.
Those options are:
Scenario 4, Two schools with grades K-2, and two schools with grades 3-5, with redistricting starting in September 2021.
Scenario 5. Redistricting begins in the 2022-2023 school year into the same configuration but in September 2021, Rising Kindergarten students will either go to Mary Kay McMillin (MKM) or Woodruff, Rising First Grade students from MKM or private schools will attend MKM and Rising Second Grade students from MKM will go to Thomas P. Hughes or Mountain Park, (both grades 3-5 schools), where they will stay through fifth grade. This eliminates one more transition for those students.
Surveys are due back on Sunday, after which they will be tallied.
See the full redistricting presentation on the Board of Education's website here.