Anyone who knows much about the
There have been additions to the buildings, but no new public school has been built in the township since 1972. It was with the overcrowding in mind and with questions about future space availability that the administration commissioned Sundance Associates of
Our enrollment on November 30 was 14,804, the fifth-largest in
Edison is short two elementary schools, according to the New Jersey Department of Education facilities efficiency standards. By these standards the system should also have at least one more middle school and one more high school.
The demography study projected enrollments into the future and predicted that by even the most generous state standard--district practice--space shortages in 2016 at the most jammed elementary schools will be Woodbrook (lacking 256 spaces), Monroe (lacking 135 spaces), and Menlo Park (lacking 102 spaces). At the middle schools, the most serious space shortages will be 283 at Thomas Jefferson and 260 at Woodrow Wilson.
At the district’s two high schools, already stuffed to overcapacity, the space shortage by the same generous standard in 2016 will be 876 students at J.P. Stevens and 499 students at Edison High.
It will be up to the board of education to propose steps for dealing with the space shortage. It could mean redistricting attendance zones, building additions at certain existing schools, or constructing one or more new schools. There is the prospect of a new K-2 primary school on the former