FAIRFIELD, NJ — Although enrollment at Fairfield Township Public Schools has recently increased, Business Administrator Joseph Catenaro reassured the public on Monday that the increase is not due to the state-mandated affordable housing developments.
According to the superintendent’s office, enrollment has increased by 62 students in the last three years.
Catenaro explained that the owners of many of the three-to five-bedroom homeowners in Fairfield are now retiring and are looking to downsize, adding that some are selling their homes to young families.
According to Catenaro, the demographics of the township are changing in a normal, cyclical pattern, or a 30-to 40-year turnover.
“Many of the homes in Fairfield were built in the 1960s and 70s,” said Lattimer Realtor Janice Corsilli. “Their owners are getting older and moving out and selling to young families. What we really need more of is senior housing like the complex on Greenbrook Road. There is always a waiting list for there.”
Catenaro noted that there are no children living in the 122 senior citizen Woodcrest units on Greenbrook Road and a few children living in the development on Two Bridges. Most children from new developments in town are from single-family homes like those on Suzy Lane off of Horseneck Road, he said.
The business administrator added that when the new housing units were designed, they were not designed to attract large families. Many of them are only two-bedroom units.