Teaneck To Vote On High School Project April 21 (1927)

-- President Sheffe of School Board Urges Citizens to Cast Representative Vote
on Proposition; $726,000 Building Proposed.

Urging that the citizens of the Township cast a representative vote, the Teaneck Board of Education submits the proposition to erect a high school building costing $726,000, to the people for the decision at the special school election to be held next Thursday evening, April 21st, (1927).

Although the Trustees are quite confident that the favorable reception of proposition at the various meetings held throughout the Township during the past week indicates the general sentiment of the Town people, a special request is made of the citizens to exercise their franchise on this question. President Chris D. Sheffe of the School Board in a message to the people through this medium, declares, "I personally would prefer a large representative vote, to a small, even though affirmative one,"

For the convenience of the voters, each of the six schools located in the various sections of the Township is designated as a polling place, and the polls will be open from 7 to 9 p.m.  Every resident citizen who is entitled to vote at the general election may vote at this election.  The boundaries of the districts designated to each of the polling places are described in the notice of the election appearing elsewhere in this issue.

The Proposition

The proposition submitted to the voters is to authorize the School Board to erect a high school building of fire proof construction on lands now owned by the Board, located on Queen Anne Road and Elizabeth avenue and to purchase the furniture and other necessary equipment; the cost of the schoolhouse, furniture and equipment not to exceed the sum or &726,000.  This sum is to be raised by the issuance of bonds for the period of 40 years.

The design of Hacker & Hacker, the architects selected by the Board, provides for a building of most modern type and designed to accommodate 900 to 1100 pupils.  This provides room for expansion since it is estimated that 750 pupils will occupy the building the first year.  The building comprises the first unit of an ultimate plan which will almost double its size and complete the design.  The estimated cost of construction of the present building is $600,000 while the furniture and equipment, architect's fee and improvement of the grounds will make up the difference in the amount appropriated.

The building will be situated on the knoll of a 13 acre plot which will make an ideal setting for the structure and affords ample space for athletics.  It is situated in the center of the municipality equally accessible from all section, about 75% of the students residing within one mile of the building.

Trustees Stump the Township

The Teaneck School Trustees and the school Board's architect presented their facts and figures on the high school project at five meeting held in the various schools during the past week.  Probably due to the absence of controversial features, the attendance at the meeting has not been large, however, the question of those present usually indicated a keen interest in educational and civic work.  The last meeting is scheduled to be held at the Bryant School in Upper Teaneck on Monday evening.

At the meeting, the program, an outline of Teaneck's school problems was given by President Sheffe of the Board, including a reference to the method used in determining the size and type of high school building planned.

Mr. Sheffe also presented the reasons for the selection of the present architect instead of holding a competition for the design expressing the view that Mr. Hacker is unusually well qualified for the assignment because he has recently completed three buildings for Teaneck and thus the Board has had ample opportunity to observe his work at first hand and determine his ability, experience and integrity.

Trustee Scholz presented the financial aspect of the situation in a way which gave his hearers a comprehensive idea of present and probable costs for out of town tuition compared with the expense of a local high school  This speaker pointed out that for the first year of operations a Teaneck High School will cost more than tuition fees, but over a five year period the average expense should be no more and may be less than would be paid out of town if accommodations were then available.

It was here pointed out that other towns cannot accommodate Teaneck's pupils much longer.  Hackensack stopped taking Teaneck Teaneck pupils some time ago, Englewood has served notice of its inability to accept pupils from Teaneck after 1929, and Leonia and Bogota high schools are crowded.  It was also stated that by providing for the junior high school grades in the high school building, congestion in the upper grades of the elementary schools will be relieved, thereby eliminating two building projects otherwise necessary, at a cost of about $100,000.

the architect used stereopticon slides in describing the building and plans and showed an intimate knowledge of the many details of a modern high school.  Mr. hacker made a comparison buildings in North Jersey and his figures on the Teaneck High School building of costs on several recently constructed were considerably lower than any of the others on a per pupil cost basis.

Letters commending the excellence of the design were read at the meetings, one from Mr. White supervising principal of the Englewood School system, the other from Mr. Marlott, principal of the Hackensack High School.  Dr. Jackson, Assistant Commissioner of Education was quoted by permission as saying, "It is the finest high school plan I have ever seen and a building of which any town may be proud."

At the meeting in the Bogota section a citizen criticized the plan because of what he called non-essentials, referring to the domestic science room and the library which is also used for study hall purposes.

It was pointed out by the architect that these features are not omitted from any modern high school.

 

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