Jerusalem Municipality Presents Plan to Reduce Chareidi School Building Gaps
By Yechiel Sever
In response to alarming figures that some 40 percent of classrooms in Jerusalem's chareidi educational system are not up to standards in a city where chareidi students comprise 61 percent of all Jewish students, this week the Jerusalem Municipality presented a master plan for the reduction of educational gaps in the capital.
The statistics show that 1,188 of the 2,824 classrooms for the 80,790 students in Jerusalem's chareidi education system are not up to par. The issue was raised during at a central conference held this week at the International Convention Center (Binyanei Ha'Uma) during Jerusalem Education Week. At the conference the municipality presented to principals from chareidi institutions in the city a system- wide plan to reduce construction gaps in chareidi education.
The strategic plan, drawn up by Rabbi Pindrus, deputy mayor and commissioner of chareidi education, was compiled in a handsome pamphlet handed out to the participants. The plan, which was prepared through concerted efforts, marks the first time in the city's history that a fundamental plan has been formulated, including a mapping of all public facilities in the city, various publicly owned lots available for construction and lots suitable for rezoning.
It also presents a comprehensive and detailed survey of all neighborhoods, notably the city's chareidi neighborhoods, and presents them in the form of an orderly working paper.