Recently, the Galloway Patriot asked Senator Connors to provide an outline of how the Galloway Township’s Absegami High School system is managed.
Many people have asked how Galloway residents have control over the largest portion of property tax expenses, the school budget. Here is Senator Connors response. Remember to vote. It is how you control what happens with taxpayer money.
This communication is in regards to information request with respect to composition of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District and its board member election process. We appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance in this matter.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:13-1, regional school districts are conducted and governed by the provisions of law relating to type II school districts. As is the case with all type II school districts, the boards of education of regional school districts are elected. The board of education of a regional school district has, in general, the same duties and responsibilities of the board of education of any local school district.
N.J.S.A. 18A:13-8 provides that a regional school district made up of nine or fewer constituent districts is required to have a school board consisting of nine members. The members of the board are apportioned by the executive county superintendent of the county in which the constituent districts are located. The executive county superintendent apportions the membership according to the population of each constituent district, except that each constituent district is entitled to at least one member. N.J.S.A. 18A:13-9 provides that the apportionment of the membership of a board continues in effect unless reapportionment becomes necessary because of the next federal decennial census or the enlargement of the regional district by the admission of one or more local districts. N.J.S.A. 18A:13-60 also provides for a reapportionment when a constituent district withdraws from a regional district.
As you are aware, Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District is a grade 9-12 limited purpose regional school district. The following are the constituent districts of the regional district, along with the 2010 population of each of those constituent districts according to the 2012 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book: Egg Harbor City (4,243); Galloway Township (37,349); Hamilton Township (26,503); and Mullica Township (6,147). It is our understanding that the membership of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District Board of Education is apportioned as follows: Egg Harbor City – 1 member; Galloway Township – 4 members; Hamilton Township – 3 members; and Mullica Township – 1 member.
This is in conformance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:13-8 that membership is apportioned based on population. It is our understanding that Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District has opted to move its annual school election to November. Therefore, the members of the board of education would be elected on the date of the general election and the voters on that date would also have an opportunity to vote on any district proposals to spend above the budget cap. Pursuant to P.L.2011, c.202, which permitted districts to move the annual election to the date of the general election, if a district does move its annual school election to November, there is no vote on a budget that is within the cap.
We hope this information offers a comprehensive background with respect to State law as it applies to composition of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District. If you have any further inquires on this or any other State matter, please do not hesitate to contact us. As always, we stand ready to serve the constituents of the 9th Legislative District.