Regionalizing New Jersey schools can reshape education

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

As New Jersey schools prepare to open, another year of challenges for each and every school board lies ahead.

Taxpayer money is tighter than ever; the 2 percent state-mandated spending cap has already forced many schools to eliminate gifted and talented programs, languages, elective classes and extracurricular activities. Many of our 602 separate school districts can no longer provide cost-effective and efficient management of our schools.

But there is one grassroots effort in New Jersey that is trying to find ways to better serve their students and ensure a more sustainable future for their schools.

Next month, the voters of Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell in Hunterdon County will decide whether they want to dissolve the existing South Hunterdon Regional High School and authorize the creation of a regional pre-K-to-12 district.

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