BREAKING UPDATE: Jackson Planning Board Approves Bais Yaakov of Jackson Campus Application

The planning board in Jackson moments ago approved an application for Bais Yaakov of Jackson school campus.

Under the auspices of the Lakewood Cheder, the campus is planning to construct three buildings on the campus.

All buildings would be for girls schools, one for an elementary school and two for a high school.

Most of the Planning Board members who voted stated that though they had some concerns, they voted to approve it because it was a complying application.

One board member stated she reluctantly votes yes, but felt campuses such as these should not be allowed in the Township, and a master an revamping was needed going forward. Tzvi Herman argued he was not concerned about that.

The Lakewood Cheder also recently purchased another property in Jackson, on which they are planning to build school buildings for boys.

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  1. Now let’s see the vetting process…will they allow every girl in or only the “selected elites”?

    More schools doesn’t mean your daughter will have a school…wake up. This is nothing more than an extension of Lakewood.

    • no, this isn’t an extension of Lakewood. Cheder/BF are community schools, not snobbery factories. They do screen families, so kids who want to have iPhones aren’t going to make the cut, but they are not living in a fantasy land where only children of prominent families will get in. They are probably the only schools that can honestly say that they don’t have room.

  2. There is something call Nekoma= revenge
    There is something called Netirah= I want to get you back and do something bad to you, but I’m not going to!
    Netirah= is just as bad as Nekoma as they both spew hate

  3. @ Yakov. I don’t deny that there is alot of antisemitism in Jackson. I also welcome more schools for the Greater Lakewood area. However, I still don’t blame the board members for being reluctant to allow these projects. Jackson is a sparsely populated suburban/rural area. These kinds of projects will change the nature of Jackson. I can understand their reluctance from that point of view, while also acknowledging that antisemitism is definitely out there.

    • Not just change the nature of Jackson, majority of non-Orthodox feel that most of Ocean County is on its way to turning like Lakewood – collapse of infrastructure and public schools going bankrupt. With 5,000 births a year, you will have close to tens of thousands of kids who need an Orthodox education and hundreds of schools that need to be built. Not saying your community shouldn’t look to have its needs met, but how to sustain public schools?

      • Ummm…What is the problem with “sustaining public schools”? First of all, if families of public school children are selling their houses to people who don’t send kids to public schools then those schools have LESS children to have to educate. Second, the families that are moving in are paying PROPERTY TAXES that sustain the public schools.

      • how are public schools going bankrupt when they gobble up all our property taxes and toss us bussing services as crumbs? Did you know that the budget for public school children is 5x that of what we pay in tuition, AND their schools literally have crime statistics?

  4. I own a house across the street from the proposed new campus. I am very in favor of any initiative to expand the opportunities for Jewish education. Jewish study is the lifeblood of our nation.

    That said, the logistics could have been better thought out. First, the entrance is just beyond a sharp curve on a two-lane highway with a 50 mph speed limit (45 on the curve). Having 50 buses (2500-3000 kids) and a large number of carpools twice a day will add significant challenges to safety, traffic, and noise. Next, the neighbors invested in homes located in a very quiet, rural area for a reason. Perhaps the developer should add walls to shield neighbors from noise and even trespassing. Finally, how long before the school turns into a wedding hall, which would compound the traffic and noise issues for more hours a day?

    These concerns must be addressed even though the approval has come through. As long as they act responsibly like a good neighbor, I welcome them.

    • they need to start lobbying the state NOW for changes in speed limit, traffic signals, and infrastructure support BEFORE they break ground. Learn from Lakewood’s mistakes.

  5. I hope and pray ut never turns into lakewood 2.0. We moved out of lakewood for a better quality of life I hope we never ever have to deal and start approving duplexes and multi family and shulls and daycare on every block in Jackson and Toms River.

  6. Howellneighbor. I hope there are enough Orthodox jews like myself that moved out of Lakewood for a better quality of life. We have to ensure that Jackson, Howell and Toms river do not turn into Lakewood 2.0. We have to work together to fight any irresponsible development.

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