By COLlive reporter
In recent weeks, Bais Yaakov of Boro Park published an advertisement in the Haredi press declaring a fiscal crisis and an emergency appeal to the community.
“For the first time we are making some cuts. We are starting to consolidate some classes,” explained Rabbi Yeruchem Shapiro, executive director of the girls school with 2,100 students.
“Until now we have tried to have smaller classes, trying to provide more individualized attention,” he told Hamodia in an interview.
Asked to what does he attribute the crisis, Shapiro answered: “We lost about 400 children. Since we didn’t cut the number of classes, that is a loss of about $2 million.”
Another reason, he said, was the new building for which he got a lot of pledges from people, “but we didn’t get the expected donations from them.”
There is touble closer to home in Crown Heights as well, as teachers of more than one school told COLlive they have not received their paychecks in months.
“We are human beings too,” one teacher who asked to remain anonymous told COLlive. “You pay for the dentist, you pay for the bungalow and your mortgage – you should pay for chinuch too.”
A principal of a school in Crown Heights, who also asked to remain anonymous because he is not involved with tuition, says his hands are tied.
“I’m not getting into efficiency of management, and I’m not talking about the slump of donations because of the economy,” he said.
“The real issue is that people see tuition as something that’s optional, a voluntary thing. And in these times it hurts us even more.
“If I could speak directly to parents I would say: Folks, time to pay for what’s important in life.”