No later than three years following the effective date of sections 42 to 58 of P.L.2007, c.63 (C.18A:7-11 et al.), (the Executive County Superintendent will) recommend to the commissioner a school district consolidation plan to eliminate all districts, other than county-based districts and other than preschool or kindergarten through grade 12 districts in the county, through the establishment or enlargement of regional school districts.Well, we all know how that went: a total bust. Somehow, during the development of this part of 6A, no one imagined its implausibility. By law, school mergers require buy-in from all affected districts. What's the likelihood that a board of education would vote "yes," especially if it would lead to an increase in local property taxes,? Who's going to pay for the required feasibility studies and community outreach? And, most importantly, are boards really going to give up local control in a state devoted to home rule?
We found the department’s controls over school district administrative costs to be adequate and financial data to be recorded properly in the department’s accounting systems. We also found the department to be in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations, with the exception of the appointments of executive county superintendents. In making these determinations, we noted opportunities to improve operations with regard to district consolidation and teacher schedules.So everything is fine, except we haven’t filled eight slots that exist to serve an impossible mission. Somebody’s got too much time on his hands.
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