Northern Highlands: MPK Moved Too Fast
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Midland Park Junior-Senior High School
Superintendent of Schools John Keenan reportedly said there were "issues in Midland Park" and some of their residents asked their school board to still consider Northern Highlands as an option. He said that before Northern Highlands had time to consider if it was something they’d pursue, some people in Midland Park "kind of leapfrogg[ed] us, so to speak," Keenan said, adding Midland Park looked to commission a formal demographic study, which Keenan said could start at $25,000.
"So because we are not ready to consider that and because they are moving so quickly, I wrote to them to say at this time we’re not going to be considered an opportunity for you as you explore your needs of your high school students," Keenan said, according to the Suburban News.
Keenan also stated that there were "misreported events" in the news media, but clarified it was not a North Jersey Media Group Publication. He is presumably referring to BOE: Northern Highlands Doesn’t Want MPK Students published by Midland Park Press on Sept. 23. However, all of the quotes and information provided in that article are on the video from the Sept. 17 meeting.