Building Program

Does the Board of Education have a Building Program?

Yes! For more than a decade, Teaneck School Boards have practiced long-range planning in the purchase of school sites and in the building of schools. In continuing this policy of planning for the future, your present Board of Education has re-studied the requirements of Teaneck schools and has determined upon a coordinated program to keep our educational facilities abreast of the needs which our increasing population will require.

A reference to page 7 will disclose the Township population and the Teaneck school enrollment since 1900 and the anticipated growth up to 1950,. The forecast of the Township population was based upon a combination of the formula used by the United States Census Bureau and the predicted figure of the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. The forecast of the public school enrollment was based on an 18% ratio of public school enrollment to the Township population figure. While in previous decades, the proportion of the children to the population was over 20%, it was felt that 18% would represent a more conservative percentage, due to the establishment of the parochial school.

Based upon such information, your Board of Education formulated, two years ago, a tentative Ten-Year Plan, which was determined in terms of steps, covering activity over periods of three to four years. Each building planned and each addition proposed was considered a part of the ultimate program, and no investment was proposed except as it contributed to the permanency and desirability of the school plant, or unless it offered the best possible educational developments for the community. It was apparent by so doing, there would be no unfair burden of cost placed upon any single group of taxpayers, and that these needs would be accompanied by a corresponding increase in the assessed values of the community and a substantial increase in the total population to share in the cost of these developments. Past experience has shown that flexibility, of course, must be recognized as an essential feature in any proposed plan.

The tentative Ten-Year Plan is in part as follows:

First Step (1935-1938)

  1. Immediate erection of an addition to Whittier School (now completed).

  2. Acquisition of additional ground for Whittier School (now acquired).

  3. Acquisition of an elementary school site in the easterly section of the Township.

  4. Acquisition of two junior high school sites (one located north of Route No. 4, the other south of Route No. 4).

Second Step (1938-1942)

  1. An addition to Lowell School.

  2. Construction of an elementary school, if necessary, in the easterly section of the township.

  3. Construction of an administrative building.

Third Step (1942-1945)

  1. Construction of the first junior high school.

  2. Addition to the Bryant Elementary School, if necessary.

It is the aim of your Board of Education to complete the first step at the earliest possible moment before Teaneck becomes so highly saturated in population that desirable sites of adequate size become unavailable. Property acquired now will safeguard the children from traveling distances which are too great or which involve too many traffic dangers. The plans of your Board of Education call for the gradual decentralization of our present Junior and Senior High School. It is estimated that by 1942 the enrollment of our present Junior and Senior High School will have exceeded its maximum and at that, substantial relief can be given by building the first unit of our Junior High Schools.  This unit, to be located either north or south of Route No. 4, would give substantial relief to the crowded condition of the Junior and Senior High School and enable the students in a half section of the Township to realize a convenient travel distance to their School.  It is the belief of your  Board of Education that the second and third steps in its Ten-Year Plan will be pressing for solution during the years outlined.  It is impossible, of course, to ascertain with any degree of accuracy, the actual cost until current market prices are known, contents fixed, and mater al specified.

Does the Board have a Purchasing Agent?

Yes, but he is called the District Clerk. The School Laws in New Jersey require every Board of Education to appoint a District Clerk or Secretary who must furnish a bond for the faithful performance of his duties.

Materials, supplies and equipment used in the schools are bought on a basis of quality and economy. It is one of the responsibilities of the clerk to obtain two or more bids on proposed purchases before orders are placed by the Board. When prices are the same for comparable articles, preference is given local merchants.

Buying supplies is but one of the many duties of the District Clerk. By law he is the general accountant of the Board and must preserve in his office, all accounts, vouchers and contracts relating to the public schools. The clerk must examine and audit accounts and demands against the Board and such accounts in excess of $5.00 must be verified by affidavit. This official also acts as treasurer and pays out school moneys in the manner prescribed by law which requires that the checks be signed by the President of the Board and the Custodian and the District Clerk. The records are audited monthly by a firm of public accountants and also subject to periodical examination by the State Department of Public Instruction.

Because of many years of continuous service the District Clerk has a comprehensive knowledge of the School Laws and the various requirements of the Department of Public Instruction and for this reason is of great assistance to the Board of Education with its constantly changing membership.

Township Population and Public School Enrollment

Year Township Population % Inc. School Enrollment % Inc. Ratio of School Enrollment to Population
1900 768   144   19%
1910 2,082 171% 463 222% 22%
1920 4,192 101% 1,080 133% 26%
1930 16,513 294% 3,725 244% 34%
1937 **25,000 51% *4,407 18% 18%
1940 **28,000 12% **5,040 14% 18%
1950 **40,000 43% 887,200  43% 18%

* Does not include 357 Children enrolled in Parochial School

** Predicted.

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