Surprise Vote, All Warren Schools to Remain Open
Credits: B. Nemcek
WARREN, NJ - Despite declining enrollment, all schools in Warren will remain open.
The results of the STEEP survey were discussed, and in a surprise vote, the Warren Township Board of Education introduced and voted on a resolution that was not on Monday's agenda to keep all of the schools open. The resolution passed with one board member voting against and one abstaining.
The results of the district’s April 6 Community Engagement session and the subsequent online survey were read aloud to the public. The 47 community members who participated in the exit survey unanimously preferred Model 1 and more than half of the 749 respondents to the online survey said they preferred Model 1.
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“This is where you are now; I think it’s clear what the community preference is and I think the board has heard you loud and clear,” said NJSB's Gwen Thornton. “I think the board really has made an effort to ascertain what it is the community wants by asking for your feedback.
“I congratulate you for coming to that meeting and giving that feedback; this is your community and it is you who is most affected by these decisions.”
The board will now work to formulate a plan to move forward.
Board Vice-President Celeste Campos said, "The BOE worked together to conduct the STEEP project, gathering and analyzing data, including community input to support making the decision tonight. We look forward to the administration determining the best ways to optimize our current configuration and will support this process."