Guttenberg teachers’ union sources claim Guttenberg is planning to send hundreds of its students to already-overcapacity North Bergen schools.
A confidential Guttenberg teachers’ union source claims that Guttenberg’s school board will meet Wednesday to consider a proposal to pay North Bergen millions of dollars to accept its 7th and 8th graders into North Bergen‘s schools, HudsonTV has learned.
This despite the fact that North Bergen‘s schools (including a high school ranked 10th in the state by enrollment and nearly 40% over capacity) are so overcrowded that its school officials including Mayor Nick Sacco recently announced a complex plan to move its high school grades 10 through 12 (sophomore to senior year) to the current High Tech High School campus, and all township 7th and 8th grade students to the present high school campus (leaving freshmen, or 9th graders, in place) starting in two years. High Tech High School would then move its students to a new Secaucus facility.
The Guttenberg school board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 5:30PM. Ironically, that is the day after North Bergen‘s school board elections for three of its unpaid board members’ seats. Guttenberg’s last few school board meetings have been cancelled and its last school board meeting was March 8th. The timing of this week’s meeting is suspicious, coming earlier that the customary 6:30pm start times and also one day after North Bergen‘s school board election, further raising suspicions that schools officials in the adjacent towns are trying to pull a fast one over parents and taxpayers. Moreover, the agenda for that meeting has not been made public.
North Bergen Mayor Sacco himself admitted the high school was nearly one-third over its original capacity in the October 2016 report. Sacco and others touted the moves as reducing the number of students in the current high school building from its current 2,500 down to 1,800. Accepting a few hundred students from Guttenberg’s 7th and 8th grades, along with the rest of North Bergen‘s 7th and 8th graders, would seem to be at least the first move towards pushing the current high school building back over its intended capacity.
If North Bergen intends to start absorbing entire grades from Guttenberg, it suggests that student overcrowding is not a problem for North Bergen schools officials, as long as they can collect revenue from Guttenberg’s 1,000-student system (whose school system is one elementary school!) for taking its 7th and 8th graders.
Where would that money go? Could it be to fund all these North Bergen school system salaries (listed in first-name alphabetical order to make it harder for you to look up someone)?