WARREN, NJ — The Warren Township Board of Education discussed the issue of declining enrollment at their last meeting and concluded that there is too much information to consider to make a change by the next school year. Board members agreed that no action will be taken for the 2016-17 school year.

The Board of Education was presented, and agreed to support, the Study to Examine Enrollment Project (STEEP).

In a written statement to parents, Interim Superintendent Elizabeth Nastus said the board realized how difficult a process this can be.

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“Understandably, studying declining enrollment presents many challenges,” said Nastus. “STEEP is an appropriate acronym for the study because something that is steep usually connotes a challenge.”

“After discussion, the board decided that additional time is needed to study the data and options available to address the district's student enrollment,” said Nastus. “Board members agreed that no action will be taken for the 2016-17 school year.”

“I appreciate your patience and understanding,” said Nastus. “Please know that any decision made for 2017-2018 or beyond will be based on a thorough review of what is best financially and educationally for the school district and our student population.”

At the appropriate time in the process, New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) will be facilitating the process of community engagement.