School mergers proposed for study: Freehold Regional split suggested
The dissolution of the Freehold Regional High School District and merging the Ocean Township, Allenhurst, Deal, Interlaken and Asbury Park districts are among 12 feasibility studies on district consolidations recommended by the Monmouth County superintendent of schools, Carole Knopp Morris.
The studies would be on the feasibility of merging kindergarten-to-8th-grade school districts with high school districts. The state's county schools superintendents have been charged with developing plans for those consolidations.
The recommended study on dissolving the Freehold Regional district would consider forming kindergarten-to-12th-grade districts of Colts Neck; Farmingdale and Howell; Freehold and Freehold Township; Englishtown and Manalapan; and Marlboro.
Another study would be on merging the districts of Ocean Township, Allenhurst, Deal, Interlaken and Asbury Park.
"We have to look at that, because there's a lot of people that could be affected," said Asbury Park Board of Education member Adrienne Sanders. "We have to weigh the pros and cons.
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#1 Feb 28, 2009
What say ye, Borough and Township folk? Yea or Nay? Up or Down?
#2 Mar 1, 2009
This is a strange proposal. Merge the unmerged schools and unmerge the merged schools.
I used to live in the midwest. Some states do this on a county basis, with exceptions for a large city to have their own school district.
In NJ, each county should have its own school district and these town in the top 10 of population would also have their own.
Newark city Essex 272,530
Jersey City city Hudson 240,055
Paterson city Passaic 149,222 3
Elizabeth city Union 120,568
Edison township Middlesex 97,591
Woodbridge township Middlesex 97,203
Dover township Ocean 89,706
Hamilton township Mercer 87,109
Trenton city Mercer 85,397
Clifton city Passaic 79,062
That would mean that Monmouth county would have one school district. It works in other states - do it here.
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