GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Superintendent of Schools announced the district can anticipate a growth of 200 students in the next five years, according to a demographer's report, and said the board has to make decisions on how to accommodate them in the next four to six weeks.
"We are growing," Brett Charleston, Glen Rock Superintendent of Schools, said at the Jan. 7 reorganization meeting.
While Charleston did not explain the details, Dr. Richard Gripp, the district's demographer, is scheduled to discuss his findings with the board and the public on Feb. 11.
Charleston said the administration has already begun conversations with architects to move classrooms around by Sept. 2020 and plans to have suggestions for the board at the Jan. 21 meeting.
"I want to assure the public we are having those conversations," he said. "We are over capacity in all of our schools."
The superintendent said his administration has mapped-out a three-year plan to deal with the influx of children.
"We're looking for a more permanent solution for September 2021," Charleston said.
Voters approved a $14.7 million referendum in March 2019 which funded four projects throughout Glen Rock’s six-school district.
While the referendum paid for new air-conditioning units in the district’s four elementary schools; a refurbished media center at Glen Rock Middle/High School; upgrades to the Central School Auditorium; and a spruced up playing field at Alexander Hamilton School, it did not address additional classroom space.
Trustee Rona McNabola said she's interested in how the demographer came up with his projections. "We don't have any large developments in town, so I'm interested in how he came up with such a large number."
The borough is anticipating an affordable housing development, but McNabola said she thought that meant an addition of just five students.
Charleston said he was not comfortable with the short timing of having to make difficult decisions. "I wish we had more time to discuss this, more time to plan."