NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley residents voted down the Nutley Public Schools construction referendum on Tuesday Nov. 6. Preliminary results show 4,121 voters cast "no" ballots, while 3,587 votes in favor of the referendum. Preliminary votes do no include vote-by-mail ballots or provisional ballots.
Just because the referendum was voted down, does not mean that the situation in the Nutley Public Schools District will remain static. Residents will see the first changes taking place in 2019.
An additional trailer is planned for Washington school, it will be stacked atop the existing trailer. At Spring Garden double trailers are being delivered in the Summer of 2019.
Families moving into Nutley may be surprised that their children will not attend their neighborhood school but one across town instead. The redistricting phenomena started a few years ago.
At the elementary school level, it is entirely possible that parents of kindergarten students enroll "late" may find that their younger child attends a different elementary school than older siblings. This is because once kindergarten fills up at one school, new enrollees are placed in other elementary schools.
Class size at all levels of education, K-12, will continue to be more than what has been determined to be best practices. At Nutley High School some gym classes will continue in hallways. At the elementary level, some students will continue to receive instruction in spaces that were not built as construction space.
The next meeting of the Nutley Public Schools Board of Education is Monday November 19, at 6:30 p.m. at John H. Walker Middle School.
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