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Fair Lawn Parents Seek Alternatives To Proposed Soft Border Policy

Fair Lawn parents Emily Greenfield and her husband, Boaz Cohen.
Fair Lawn parents Emily Greenfield and her husband, Boaz Cohen. Photo Credit: Emily Greenfield

FAIR LAWN, N.J. — The Fair Lawn Board of Education is seeking public input at an open meeting Monday evening in the high school cafeteria D regarding a new border policy due to overcrowding.

Fair Lawn currently uses a "hard borders" policy in which students are assigned schools based upon where they live and when they moved to the borough.

"This [soft borders] policy has to do with which elementary schools any newly enrolled students would attend," BOE President Gene Banta said in a Facebook group. "If adopted, this policy would not affect any current students. If you would like more information, please join us."

With the proposed soft borders policy, new families in the Miles or Radburn area could be assigned to a school within two miles of their new home, according to a slideshow prepared by the BOE.

The soft borders policy would not impact any current students and would only impact new residents after July 1, 2017, the slideshow says.

The BOE says the new policy is cost effective but some parents including Emily Greenfield feel there are alternatives to be explored.

"I'm interested in understanding what [the BOE] is thinking in terms of longterm solutions," she said. "Other communities use this as a last resort."


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