LAKEWOOD – Law enforcement officers have raided multiple offices and other locations here Wednesday, including an office of a private special-education school.
Two officers with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Justice entered an office of Mark A. Seigel, executive director of the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence, carrying empty cardboard boxes shortly before 5 p.m.
A man answering Seigel’s cell phone had no comment and the call was disconnected.
The office is located in a strip mall turned office complex on Route 9 North that also houses the CHEMED federal health clinic and the Ocean County Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children Program. Neither appeared to be a target of the investigation.
“It has nothing to do with us,” said Victoria Miragliotti, the health department’s director of administration.
Miragliotti said officers arrived in the WIC office sometime before 3:45 p.m., thinking it was the Lakewood Board of Education’s Office.
“It was the wrong address,” she said. The school board moved out of the office next door several years ago.
School district officials were not immediately available for comment Wednesday
The private school, known by its acronym, SCHI, (pronounced “shy”) is a well-funded nonprofit organization with a large school on Oak Street.
State officers were also at the school itself. A van was parked outside and stacks of boxes were visible inside the vestibule.
Highly regarded for its program and resources, it educates more than 100 children with special needs from Lakewood, at an annual tuition rate in excess of $90,000, as well as others from nearby districts. Over the years, however, the school has come under scrutiny because the vast majority of its referrals are children from the Orthodox Jewish community.