Last night, a meeting was held at the home of Michael Inzulbuch, following the announcement that Tiny Tots program would be scraped by the State, claiming they are not up to par, as first reported here on TLS. Close to 70 parents of the special needs children attended the meeting, as were board members Zlatkin, Seitler, Silver, Fink and Lydia Sylvia – the Superintendent of the Lakewood public Schools.
Ms. Sylvia together with the board members presented a plan where the approximately 100 children will attend public school in a fenced area -in trailers – behind the Clark School. The parents – clearly furious with the plan – told them under no uncertain terms will their children go to public school.
“It’s two weeks before the school year and you want to close the one successful program in the district and put my child into the failing public school?” said one parent.
Another parent said to the Frum board members. “We voted you in to represent us and this is what you do to our children? For five years the Tiny Tots program ran successfully and when we vote you in and you repay us by trying to force our children into the public school. You should all resign in disgrace.”
When a parent asked Ms. Sylvia from which community will be the regular children in the integrated program, she responded by saying that the district has already a list of 300 children that applied. When pressed if any of the children were from the Frum community however, she responded in the negative.
The consensus from the parents was, that entering a public school program was not a solution.
However, with the State threatening to pull $4 Million dollars from the Lakewood School District, there may not be a choice.
The meeting ended at 1:00 a.m., with no solution.