HELP STOP Berkeley Heights BOE from RELOCATING our kids!

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Andrea Pescatore
Apr 12, 2021
I pay taxes and want a voice!

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Brian Campbell
Apr 9, 2021
I understand the issues for the Board, but they have to look at these as young people, not students. Contrary to the particulars of this very modern age, young people need familiarity, friendships, consistency, community, and engagement. A student in these scenarios goes to one school from K-2, then loses friendships and relationships with teachers. They go to 3-5, then loses friendships and relationships with teachers. They go to 6-8, then loses friendships. They go to 9-12, and it takes that much more much time to form friendships, then it's all over. Most of my closest friends today are from Kindergarten, 40 years later. Why? Because i went to an elementary school from K-6...pretty simple. We're killing our kids socially...and social engagement is the most important thing for all of us, contrary to where things seem to be headed. if we have a scenario that needs to separate, we should have K-2, then 3-6, or K in one school, and 1-5. I prefer the former, as having 6th grade in a middle school is deadening in nearly every respect.

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Carmen Marra
Apr 4, 2021
After everything our kids have been through!!! This is just wrong!!!!

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Carmen Marra
Apr 4, 2021
After everything our kids have been through!!!! This is just wrong!!!!

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Peter Kovachev
Mar 31, 2021
This raises some questions: can the district fully support a FDK option? Do we not have enough capacity in our school system?

Why does the town keep pushing for new construction while it seems like our schools can't even support the current residents? Vito's park was intended to be a park, how did we end up with what looks to be new housing being built right in the middle of it??

If the district cannot support a FDK option maybe we shouldn't be offering one. Seems like more discussion is warranted, at the very least.

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Helena Hadef
Mar 31, 2021
Once again the BH BOE has forgotten that its responsibility is to represent the best interests of the town’s children, a task that can only be accomplished by listening to stakeholders, doing due diligence before implementing change, and making thoughtful policy in a transparent manner.

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Jorge Montoya
Mar 27, 2021
I believe the BH BOE needs to stop shooting from the hip and plan this properly. I believe additional space should be built at MKM to host the additional demands for FDK. The pandemic has already affected and disrupted the life of many of our kids, they do not need another change and yet another change when they head to middle school. Again not against FDK but it should not be at the expense of others specially those in the crucial years (entering 3-5) leading to middle.
School.

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Debbie Neely
Mar 26, 2021
As a retired teacher with a master’s degree in education , l oppose the breaking up of the community school, especially at this time when our students’ world has been so ripped apart.
It is one thing to read about current educational trends... it is another thing to ponder and act in the best interest of our community and families.
How will this poor decision affect our economic bottom line in several areas ?!!
What will the bussing costs be if this “ plan “ goes through compared to the prior years bussing costs?
How will the fact that our town no longer has neighborhood schools, and students from the same families will be going to different schools with different start and finish times affect the real estate value of our homes ?
It’s time for clear heads to prevail and for us to really look into whom we vote into our board of education in the future.

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Arlene Chasek
Mar 24, 2021
I don't live in Berkeley Heights but I agree that families must be involved in these decisions.

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anna critelli
Mar 23, 2021
It’s a terrible decision! Leave the schools the way they are!