UPDATE IN EXTENDED ARTICLE: Wednesday 11:30PM: YWN has been informed that as per the directive of the Lakewood Mashgiach and Roshei Yeshiva, orientation and opening for all Lakewood’s girls high schools has been canceled.This drastic move is in accordance with the Psak Halacha of Maran Hagon Rav Elyashiv Shlita and Hagon Rav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita – that Lakewood’s girls high schools cannot open until all girls are accepted into a school.
As of this time there remain a few girls not accepted into school, so the decision was made to postpone the opening of school – until every girl has a school.
A message explaining the decision has been sent to all parents in Lakewood, and a letter has been signed by the Lakewood Roshei Yeshiva along with the Mashgiach.
A leading Askan in Lakewood told YWN that there are still six girls which have not yet been accepted into school. Although the schools have made a strong effort, it was still not enough – and there still remain kids who are literally crying their hearts out for help.
“There is enough room for all six girls, as two new schools opened in Lakewood this year. The parents are crying for help, and are heartbroken that their fine Yiddishe daughters don’t have a place. Boruch Hashem we have a system in place where all school is cancelled until each and every child is accepted into a school”, he told YWN.
UPDATE THURSDAY 11:00AM: In Nov 2004, Harav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, Lakewood Rosh Yehsiva ask Harav Shteinman to speak to the Lakewood Mechanchim about stopping the practice of the mosdos rejecting children. Later that day Harav Shteinman in front of 5,000 people publicly called for the establishment of a vaad that would ensure that every child is accepted. Along with Harav Elyashiv, he endorsed the psak that no school may open if there are kids left out.
In the past this psak was applied one time to girls elementary schools of Lakewood, stopping all the schools from opening until a place was found for every child. Now this psak has been applied by the Roshei Yeshiva and Mashgiach to the girls high schools, as there are 6 kids who have not yet been accepted.
(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN)