During the February 19 meeting of the Mayor and Council, resident Brian Cavanaugh requested that the Borough Council budget $10,000 towards a school feasibility study. This is the first step needed in pursuit of dissolving the West Morris Regional High School District and forming either a new K-12 school district of the Mendhams and Chesters or creating a new regional high school district (grades 9-12) of the Mendhams and Chesters. The Council did agree to set aside $10,000 for a feasibility study in 2013.
There were at least six meetings during 2012 where the public had the opportunity to learn about this issue and express their opinion. I hope that many of you took advantage of these public meetings. If you did not, I would encourage you to start to research this issue as you, the voter, could be asked to vote on a dissolution and a new high school configuration. Please do your homework and become familiar with all of the facts.
For starters, I would like to share with you an outline summary of the state statutes relative to changing the tax allocation method of a regional high school district as well as what is needed to dissolve the West Morris Regional High School District.
If you have any questions on this issue or you need further clarification, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Click here to see the SUMMARY OUTLINE: State Statutes to Change School Funding Allocation