The Brick Primary Learning Center, formerly an elementary school that served all of Brick Township's kindergartners, will become a regular elementary school next year with a new name.
Warren Wolf Elementary School will open its doors in September with kindergarten classes for students in the township's Birchwood Park and Parkway Pines sections – the neighborhoods south of Chambers Bridge and Lanes Mill roads.
The school will be named after the legendary, retired Brick Township High School football coach who was also a township mayor, Board of Education member, Ocean County freeholder and New Jersey state assemblyman.
If there is enough interest from parents in the area, the school may also house first grade classes in its first year, said Board of Education President Sharon Cantillo. No students currently enrolled in elementary schools will be moved, however, and the school will grow as new class years enter the district.
The PLC, as it was called, was always licensed as an elementary school but only offered kindergarten classes. From there, students would go to first grade and beyond at their neighborhood elementary schools. But with the addition of full-day kindergarten in Brick, plus the impending construction of a 214 unit housing development behind the Brick post office, school district officials determined the school should be used again to reduce class sizes across the board and free up extra room for special programs.
"All of our elementary schools were built in the 1950s and 60s, and really were not set up for the specialized programs that we have today," said Cantillo.
Such programs include small special education classes and special subject areas.
"A lot of it is IEP-driven," said Cantillo, referring to individualized education plans for special education students, which can mandate specific services a child is entitled to receive.
"With the anticipation as far as enrollment with kindergarten, our schools are basically filled to capacity, so we really have to start looking to the future," said Cantillo.
The school will be officially dedicated in Wolf's name at a ceremony that will take place June 30 at the school at 5:30 p.m.