Consolidating school districts new jersey
Research also suggests that impoverished regions in particular often benefit from smaller schools and districts, and they can suffer irreversible damage if consolidation occurs.
For these reasons, decisions to deconsolidate or consolidate districts are best made on a case-by-case basis.
Let’s face it we have so-called districts that are made up of a single elementary school yet retain their own Superintendent and Board of Education.
Public education officials in New Jersey want them to merge either with an existing school district or even form their own larger one.
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It’s apparent that drastic changes are taking place in public education in New Jersey and while some will fight it I would imagine at the end of the day they’ll need to accept it.
The focus in going forward is to consolidate smaller districts which are just not cost-effective…and make no mistake about it money is what’s going to rule the day.
Recommendations are made to encourage consolidation, by demonstrating that regional systems produce substantial operational savings, better program offerings, and improved facilities.
One of the most interesting developments to watch in our area is what happens with schools in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach.
There has been talk that these two might merge, especially when you consider that the high school in the beach is among the smallest in the state.
It is noted that the smaller, poorer districts, those most likely to benefit from regionalization, are the least likely to be able to afford it.
New Jersey taxpayers could save an estimated 3 million annually if the state converted most of its regional high school districts into K-12 districts, according to a study by a Rutgers University researcher. Reock Jr., a professor emeritus at the university's center for government services in New Brunswick, N.
J., concludes that the state's 49 regional high school districts end up costing taxpayers more money than if they were consolidated with their feeder elementary districts.