In 2019, the Teaneck Board of Education hired Whitehall Associates, Inc. (a qualified demographer by the New Jersey Department of Education) to conduct an independent analysis of the effects of new development on the Teaneck Schools. The analysis (available here) projected enrollments based on particular projects and to the overall school system through the 2023-24 school year. Some of the numbers were purely projections (as the pre-k and K classes hadn’t been born yet), but the rest were based on trends and the scientific methodology as outlined in the report and consistent with NJDOE practices.
So how good were the predictions?
To find that out, I contacted Superintendent Dr. Christopher Irving and asked for information regarding the number of students in these locations.
Below is a list of the predictions from Table 4 of the report and the corresponding chart indicates how well those predictions have been borne out in reality.
# of Apartment Units
Predicted # of school age children
Actual # of school age children
1500 Teaneck Road
1775 Windsor Road (Avalon)
890 Palisade Avenue
1387 Hill Street
764 New Bridge Road
1475 Palisade Avenue
227 Teaneck Road
Out of the predicted 150 school-age children attending the Teaneck Schools, only 57 have moved into these developments.
Broken down by school, the numbers show an average of 1-2 kids per class, max. In short, there is roughly zero impact on the top line item in the school budget: staff, based on the people moving into new developments.
This is a guest post from reader and group member Yoni Bak.
Vaccine Mandates and Mask Requirements
I reached out on facebook to the candidates for BOE about their positions on vaccine mandates for staff and mask mandates for students. I asked in a neutral way to try & get their honest opinions. Presented without comment are the responses I received from Victoria Fisher, Lori Fein, Yassine S. Elkaryani & Rachel Schiffman Secemski.
As previously reported, Mr. Shamiq Syed who submitted petitions with Teaneck Board of Education Trustee Victoria Fisher and Jonathan Rodriguez, was preliminarily removed from the BOE race when it was determined he may not have met the one-year residency requirement.
Since that time, Mr. Syed provided various documents to support his claim / establish proof of residency.
Among the items received by the county were:
“Notice to Vacate” his prior residence (in Weehawken)
A bill of lading for the shipping of a motor vehicle (Porsche 911) from Vancouver to Teaneck in September 2020
2 Paychex reports mailed to Teaneck
Information relating to purchase of a property in Teaneck by Mr. Syed’s father (including various financial documents associated with the sale)
Certifications from Mr. Syed and his family members
Subject to certification by the County Clerk, the preliminary list of BOE candidates for the 2021 November election appears below:
If you’re a candidate and would like to participate in a “virtual” Meet & Greet to introduce yourself to Teaneck Today membership, please let me know. A formal invitation to all candidates will be going out as well.
DENNIS KLEIN [BRIDGING GAPS]
DARRYL F. GREENE
ROMAINE L. HASSANAH
LAURA E. FEIN [KIDS COME FIRST]
VICTORIA FISHER* [TRUST EQUITY ACCESS]
JONATHAN RODRIGUEZ [TRUST EQUITY ACCESS]
SHAMIQ SYED [TRUST EQUITY ACCESS]
* Indicates Incumbent
(three positions are open and brackets listed were chosen by the candidates)
Please note that while Mr. Sahmiq Syed submitted an adequate number of petitions, he has been disqualified for not meeting the minimum residency requirement of living in Teaneck (1 year).
Board of Ed incumbent Victoria Fisher acknowledged in a social media post yesterday that the “campaign won’t be easy”.
Apparently, this is the first setback for the “Trust Equity Access” team.
Parents are willing to put up with a lot, but they will not sacrifice their children on the altar of public education.
Public schools have never been perfect. From education gaps to special education costs, our schools have always faced issues to a degree that isn’t seen in most private educational settings. But those were problems we knew and were dedicated to addressing.
Here is a breakdown of turnout by district. I made this based on information received from the County. It’s subject to change and I can’t verify the accuracy of the information. It also may not count those recently registered to vote. But, it’s the best I have at the moment.