Yesterday, over 200 people attended a consultation at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, NJ that centered on a new state grant to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) in the nonpublic schools as well as a state grant for security.
Executive County Superintendent of Schools of the New Jersey Department of Education Kevin Ahearn attended as a representative of Senator Robert W. Singer’s office. Also present were representatives from the Orthodox Union TEACH organization.
General Counsel Michael I. Inzelbuch, Esq. led the consultation and presented information with school district representatives: Superintendent of Schools Laura Winters; Math Supervisor Malka Stein; Vice Principal and Science Supervisor Ben Lieberman; Related Service Supervisor Adena Weisz; and Grant Coordinator James Trischitta. Board President Moshe Bender greeted many of the schools who attended.
The new STEM Grant created by Governor Phil Murphy and his administration has potential to bring highly qualified and certified STEM teachers to nonpublic schools in New Jersey as currently exists in New York.
The application to apply for the STEM Grant is due by April 15, 2020, but Inzelbuch advised schools to apply immediately.
As to the security grant, the state provides $150 per non-public school child, which translates into more than $5 million dollars for Lakewood, where there are more than 127 schools and 36,500 students.
The security grant has allowed many yeshivos to purchase security software and obtain security guards and fencing.