Margate will try a last ditch effort to save the district’s 2 half-empty schools. The Margate school district will soon start accepting tuition students for the 2019-2020 school year. The cost will be $5,000 per non-resident student.
The Margate school district is scrambling to fill the growing amount of empty classroom seats.
Reports show that approx 10 students will be enrolled for Margate 1st grade in Fall 2019. That’s just 5 kids per class.
That’s one reason why the Margate School district wants to start a pre-school program as well.
The bad news: this move would negatively affect at least 3 local, child-focused businesses. Likely putting them out of business. All in the name of propping up 2 half-empty, public schools. Brigantine did this last year. It was nasty.
Brigantine School Scheme Kills Local Business. Read how Mayor Phil Guenther and other officials shuttered private business, in order to prop-up declining school district enrollment.
The Margate School Board, along with the 3 commissioners, are facing more heat.
Margate has some of the highest educational costs in the New Jersey. $30,000 per student.
Classroom sizes vary from single digits to the mid-teens, similar to private schools.
Margate tuition has continued to rise, even as enrollment declines. Charges of nepotism often directed at Mayor Becker, and Commissioners Amodeo and Blumberg.
The Margate School District features 2 half-empty schools. Total enrollment is now less than 350 students. Dropping faster.
For comparison purposes, Brigantine will consolidate their 2 schools by FALL 2019, even though Brigantine enrollment is still relatively healthy with over 500 students.
While elected Margate officials prefer to keep both schools operating, no matter how few students, the State of NJ will likely force their hand to consolidate.