At the last council meeting, the head of the Education Administration, Batya Shochen-Orbuch, presented the general plan for education for the upcoming school year. According to the data, 27,753 students will be learning in the city next year, 4,195 in elementary school and 11,861 in high school. There are 21 state elementary schools, two special needs schools, six religious state schools. There are eight public high schools and four religious high schools.
The city's education system has important goals, including innovative programs beginning in the coming school year with counselors who will accompany the schools in the way of defining their unique school identity. The city was chosen for two pilot programs this year – the “recruitment project” to streamline the recruitment process through cooperation between the school and the recruitment office and the “cyber girls” program for those finishing ninth and tenth grades in cooperation with the 8200 unit of the Intelligence Corp.
In the coming school year, 15 schools in the city will be participating in the Ministry of Education’s M21 Program. They join schools that have already established unique educational spaces in the past year using budgets provided by the Iriyah, such as the Nitzanim School that established an educational and experiential kitchen, the Ramon School that established a science room and a dream room and more. Additional schools are submitting plans for new and modern libraries. In addition, the city will begin planning the new high school in the Nofim neighborhood.
In the course of the meeting, Shochen-Orbuch spoke about the challenges facing the education system in the coming year, at the forefront of which is coping with the demographics that indicate a decrease in the number of young children in kindergarten and elementary schools in the city's oldest neighborhoods. In addition, plans are underway to accommodate students in the Tzipporim neighborhood by expanding the Inbalim School and increasing the number of preschools in the neighborhood from four to seven.
In terms of school construction: there are three new preschools in Tzipporim, six new classrooms in each of the following schools: AMIT Boys, AMIT Girls, Mesuat Neriah and Cramim. Six additional classrooms were built in Ariel and 12 classrooms in Shibolim. Yozma, Inbalim and Shibolim will all have new gyms for the school year and a new handicap accessible gym will be built at Ironi Hey named for Yizchak Navon. There will be a music complex built at Ironi Alef and a library at Keshet.
During the summer, as they do every year, the Iriyah is doing extensive renovation work at the schools. The work includes upgrading air conditioners, renovating bathrooms, changing sand in the sandboxes at the preschools, painting the sports fields and painting the classrooms.
There are many plans for the coming year that are in the planning, approval or construction stages, including the beginning of construction of the Pisgah Center, the approval of a budget for the expansion of MOR High School and the approval to build schools in the Nofim neighborhood.