Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein: "This year, too, we have taken upon us to increase classrooms as a main goal. Hundreds of students have been able to transfer from caravans to permanent buildings, and we will do our utmost to see to it that all students will be able to follow suit shortly"
The new school year has begun in Beitar Ilit, amid with much success. Dozens of new classrooms were opened, and over 22,000 students will study in about 870 classrooms, including in new schools and kindergartens that were just established.
635 of the classrooms are in the local schools, while 265 are in kindergartens, where over 1,900 young children are enrolled. 1,850 first graders began school this year. Hundreds of seminary students will study in the 11 local seminaries, and hundreds of yeshiva bochurim fill the local yeshiva study halls.
Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein said that this year, too, the municipality has set as a main goal to build more permanent classrooms, for the benefit of the local children. "These past years have seen a steep increase in additional permanent classrooms. I am extremely satisfied with the fact that dozens of new, permanent classrooms for schools and kindergartens were built this year, and that many more, for chadarim, schools and yeshivos ketanos are in various stages of planning. Most institutions have already left their temporary caravans and moved into their permanent dwelling places, and we hope that all students will be able learn in permanent buildings soon", said the mayor.
The mayor praised the senior municipality staff, among them the holder of the Education Portfolio, Rabbi Mendi Swartz, and the department's administrator Rabbi Yisrael Tik, with whom he has held countless meetings in the past few months leading up to the beginning of the school year. The most intense talks surrounded the evacuation of caravans, the building of new classrooms and their furnishing, as well as the renovations of old classrooms.