We are a group of involved residents from the Cranford community who have come together for one reason — to be better informed about the decisions being made that affect the future of our town. This site is available for Cranford citizens as a reference relating to Cranford development. We do not support the solicitation of money nor are affiliated with any political party or candidate for elected office.
There are eight schools in the Cranford Public
School System. Bloomingdale Avenue School that houses 249 students in grades
K-2, Brookside Place School that houses 426 students in grades K-5, Walnut
Avenue School that houses 305 students in grades PreK-2, Livingston Avenue
School that houses 261 students in grades 3-5 are all neighborhood elementary
schools. Orange Avenue School and Hillside Avenue School also house elementary
students in grades 3-5 and K-5, respectively, and also house the districts two
middle schools with students in grades 6-8 with their total student population
being 737 and 707, respectively. Cranford High School houses 1140 students in
grades 9-12. In addition, Lincoln Avenue School is home to an alternative
elementary, middle and high school program housing 79 students.
The most recent demographic study done in 2009
only noted numbers for two of the three large development projects that are
under development, approved or in the process of seeking approvals in our
community. Those developments were the Riverfront and Birchwood. Furthermore,
although the projected numbers were noted for both, only the figures for the
Riverfront were included in the actual counts that were provided for the long
term projections because the Birchwood project was in litigation at the time the
report was written. The report projected that 19 students would enter the
district's schools as a result of the Riverfront project and that the overall
student population would decline by approximately 60 students by the 2014-2015
school year. This report would like to note that the demographic study's
numbers indicated that the student population for the school year 2011-2012
would be 3855 and as of January 2012 the student population is 3900.
An extreme concern for the school
district and the community is the Birchwood Development proposal. If as many as
419 units are built, it is expected that approximately 300 additional children
of school age would potentially be enrolled in our schools. This number of
students exceeds, or closely matches, the total population of three of our
neighborhood schools. The number of classrooms that could be needed to educate
these students properly is estimated to be least 12, and the number of teachers
and aides, support staff and administrative personnel, including those in
specialty areas would be at least 25. In essence, the implications of this
development would require the equivalent of one additional neighborhood school
to be built.
As was mentioned previously, the third large
development project, 555 South Avenue East, was not included in a demographic
study and therefore the impact cannot be objectively included.