Hespe, a former Lakewood resident, was appointed Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education last year.
Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Director Avi Schnall was among many Askonim attending the first meeting with the Commissioner.
“Todays meeting with Commissioner Hespe was very positive and productive,” Schnall told TLS. “A good dialogue has begun and the commissioner is committed to help create both a short-term solution as well as a long-term plan that will benefit all school children in Lakewood. We are very grateful and appreciate the Commissioner’s willingness to help.”