2010-07-15 / Front Page

Jewish private school closes its doors in Howell

BY MATTHEW ROCCO
Correspondent

HOWELL — The Jersey Shore Jewish Academy on Kent Road, Howell, will not be opening its doors for the 2010-11 school year.

According to Howard Gases, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, the school was forced to close after enrollment dropped and local interest declined.

“The surrounding population could not support the school,” Gases told Greater Media Newspapers.

“The geography played a role,” said Stella Stanway, the school board’s secretary. “The commute was too much for some families.”

In an effort to rekindle interest among prospective students and parents, the school changed its name from the Solomon Schechter Academy of Ocean and Monmouth Counties and offered what officials said were substantial discounts on tuition. These discounts were in effect for the school’s final two years.

“[The discounts] surprisingly generated little to no interest,” Stanway reported. “The discounts would have decreased tuition from $10,000 to $6,000. It was quite a bargain, considering the cost of a private education.”

Some of the students who previously attended the Jersey Shore Jewish Academy in Howell are now enrolled at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County in Marlboro. According to Gases, that school is doing well.

“We have considered the school in Marlboro as a possibility for families that still want a private education in the Jewish tradition,” Stanway said.

With the Jersey Shore Jewish Academy closed, the building on Kent Road that housed the school is now up for sale.

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