That’s why I recently introduced legislation A3814, to establish a task force on school district regionalization.
Consolidating school districts new jersey
We have an opportunity and obligation to offer New Jersey’s school districts more resourceful and comprehensive tools so they can make the best decisions for the students and taxpayers they represent.
With more school districts than municipalities, it’s time we rethink the status quo.
A recent report by the Center for American Progress found that nearly 62 percent of New Jersey’s small districts are suburban and close enough to be easily consolidated.
In fact, the report also rated the state’s system of several hundred districts as the least efficient in the country.
At that point in the process, the state needs to be in a strong position to partner with those districts that are interested and provide a tool kit that will help guide and support their efforts. In 2007, executive county superintendents were each required to submit a report on the possibility of consolidating all K-6 districts and K-8 districts into K-12 districts.
Feasibility studies were later requested to evaluate the proposed elimination of more than 100 districts in New Jersey.
This successful merger is proof of the benefits of regionalization in certain communities.
As South Hunterdon continues to craft a road map for regionalization in its district, our Legislature should be taking a more serious approach to school consolidation on a statewide level.
comes word that county leaders are looking into the idea of consolidating the county’s more than two dozen school districts into a single, countywide district.
Freeholder Director Rob Walton looked at 18 other counties nationwide with populations and land areas similar to Hunterdon’s and found that those with countywide school systems tended to spend less on public education than the ones in which the county is divided among multiple school districts.
On average, more than 50 percent of our annual property taxes go toward schools.