Chesilhurst Mayor Michael Blunt says,
You don't close down a school on a whim. The people of Chesilhurst have been through a lot. Without a feasibility study, who's to say we're getting better services at Winslow? Winslow had a budget shortfall and now it's getting our state aid.It’s true. Just for fun, we looked at local private and charter schools to compare costs. Haddonfield Friends School in Camden County offers top-notch academics, small classes, and all sorts of academic perks. Tuition for elementary school-age kids is $12,500 per year, with an additional $2,000 a year for parents who need their kids to stay til 6. Camden's Promise Charter School runs about $14,000 per elementary school kid, while Camden Academy Charter High School gets by on about $12,500 per year.
What do we get? It's costing us $18,000 to send each student there. We could send our kids to private school for that.
No wonder Chesilhurst residents are reluctant to consolidate. Until we get our per pupil costs under control, no smart shopper will be interested.