Hoboken School Board Faces Voters After January Bond Flop.

The New Jersey district, like others across the US, is grappling with overcrowding.

Voters in Hoboken will head to the polls to elect three school board members on Tuesday as the district grapples with a space crunch in the square-mile New Jersey city.

The contentious nonpartisan school board election in the city popular among Manhattan’s young workforce is unfolding as schools across the US struggle with overcrowding and teacher shortages. In January, Hoboken voters overwhelmingly rejected a $241 million bond proposal to build a state-of-the-art high school to help address the capacity issues. Tuesday’s winners must work with the rest of the board to find a solution.

“Space and facilities are probably the biggest issue,” said Christine Johnson, Hoboken Public School District’s superintendent. “We don’t have room in the elementary schools anymore.”

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Bloomberg CityLab

By Nic Querolo and Marvis Gutierrez

November 4, 2022

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