Consolidating school districts new jersey
A bill pending in the legislature would provide for a study of consolidating each regional high school district with its feeder districts, one of which has just 50 students in an elementary school. Reock's study, "The Cost Impact of School District Creation and Consolidation in New Jersey," is available from the Public Affairs Research Institute of New Jersey at (609) 452-0220.
"Granted, you're going to save money in the central administration, but you're going to be looking at other factors such as[reconciling] two or more collective-bargaining agreements," he said.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.New Jersey has the highest per-pupil spending in the nation, in part because of its large number of relatively small school districts.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.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 $123 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.
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.
While state-level consolidation proposals may serve a public relations purpose in times of crisis, they are unlikely to be a reliable way to obtain substantive fiscal or educational improvement.
The relatively high number of school districts in New Jersey, with a legacy of a strong local home rule heritage, has been of interest to policymakers for many years.
Public perception does not favor regionalization at present, and the state's relatively high dependence on the property tax means that financial aid or financial penalties will probably be necessary to encourage mergers.