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Regionalization Passes!

Here are the ‘unofficial’ results from the Hunterdon County clerk’s office.

Question 1: YES NO YES % NO %
Lambertville 813 68 92% 8%
Stockton 136 44 76% 24%
West Amwel 483 118 80% 20%
Total   1432 230 86% 14%
Question 2:  YES  NO  YES %  NO %
Lambertville 819 68 92% 8%
Stockton 132 48 73% 27%
West Amwell 484 120 80% 20%
Total   1435 236 86% 14%

 

Welcome to the South County School Regionalization website. This website provides information and answers to your questions about school regionalization. The idea is to create one school district that includes Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell, grades pre-Kindergarten through 12.

Final town hall meetings scheduled prior to September 24 vote

Learn about regionalization at Town Hall meetings in the three communities before the September 24 vote. Read more…

Sample Ballots Available

The three sample ballots for the Tuesday, September 24, special school election are available for download. The polls will be open from 7am until 9pm. Read more…

Public Vote on School Regionalization Set for September

This fall, voters in Lambertville, Stockton, and West Amwell will have an opportunity to vote on whether to merge the four existing school districts into a single entity responsible for educating all students from our area. At a jointly conducted meeting on May 30, the four local boards of education each agreed to hold a special election on the regionalization issue on September 24, 2013. Read more

Regionalization Ballot Questions Finalized

On September 24, voters in Lambertville, Stockton, and West Amwell will have the opportunity vote on a single regionalized PreK–12 school district for the three South Hunterdon communities. This is a special school election and because of its unique nature, and due to current state statute, the vote must be held on September 24. The polls will be open 7am–9pm. Read more

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled

Learn about the benefits of regionalization at Town Hall meetings in the three communities this summer. Hosted by the Regionalization Committee, the first of these meetings will be held in West Amwell Township on Tuesday, June 3. Another is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at 7:30pm at the firehouse in Stockton. A third town hall will be held in Lambertville on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00pm at the Justice Center (the Acme building). All are welcome to any or all three.

Frequently Asked Questions Updated

Why are we considering regionalization? What are the educational benefits to regionalization? Where will my child go to school? What is the timeline for starting the new school district? What is the tax impact? These are just a few of the questions answered in the updated FAQ. Read more

Board of Review Approves Vote on Regionalization

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 – A New Jersey Board of Review approved a petition to hold a ballot question which would allow for the dissolution of the South Hunterdon Regional School District. A companion question would be on the ballot to form a new Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 regional school district. The new district would consist of students from Stockton, Lambertville and West Amwell. Read more…

Department of Education Board of Review to Meet

UPDATE: Friday, August 31, 2012 – The Board of Review has rescheduled the meeting to consider the petition concerning regionalization for Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at 100 Riverview Plaza, Third Floor Conference Room, Trenton, New Jersey 08625. This meeting will be open to the public and a decision may be made at this meeting.

UPDATE: Friday, August 24, 2012 – the Board of Review notified us that the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2012 has been postponed. We will be notified when new date has  been selected.

On Friday, August 17, 2012, the South County Regionalization committee was notified by the NJ Department of Education that a Board of Review will hold a formal meeting on Tuesday, August 28. Read more…

Advisibility Report Recommends Moving To Next Step

On May 16, the Hunterdon County Interim Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey R. Scott sent a three-page memo to New Jersey’s acting Commissioner of Education, Christopher D. Cerf, in which Scott recommended that the South County regionalization proposal move to the state for a formal review. If the State Department of Education agrees that regionalization could provide educational and/or financial benefits to the Lambertville, Stockton, and West Amwell communities, the state would schedule a public vote on the matter. Read more…

Regionalization Study Available Online Now!

The regionalization study’s findings will be released at a public meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, at the South Hunterdon Regional High School auditorium. Residents from Lambertville, Stockton, and West Amwell are encouraged to attend. Read more…

Learn about the 5 Steps to Regionalization which outlines the process, take a look at  Frequently Asked Questions, or see real-world examples of feasibility studies.

There is a forum to discuss your concerns and a form to send the regionalization committee a question or make a comment. Most pages also have a form at the bottom for comments or discussion.

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September Town Hall Meetings

Final town hall meetings scheduled before September 24 vote

Learn about regionalization at Town Hall meetings in the three communities before the September 24 vote. An informative presentation will be conducted and there will be ample time for questions. Hosted by the Regionalization Committee, the meetings will be held as follows:

  • Monday, September 16, 7:00pm - Phillip L. Pittore Justice Center  (the Acme building), Lambertville 
  • Wednesday, September 18, 7:00pm – Stockton Firehouse, Stockton
  • Wednesday, September 18, 7:00pm –  West Amwell Municpal Building, West Amwell

All are welcome to attend.

West Amwell  Town Hall to Offer Alternative Viewing and Listening Options

If you are unable to attend the West Amwell Town Hall meeting in person but would still like to watch or listen to the presentation, we have provided several options:

Option 1 – Watch the meeting online via the Internet

To watch a live video on your PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone, simply go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wat-regionalization-town-hall. We urge you to start the session five minutes prior to the meeting time, although you can join the live video anytime during the meeting

No software is required. However, it is recommended you test the link before Sept 18. A sample video will be available for testing. If you encounter an issue with the link, please contact us at WATownHall@comcast.net.

Option 2 – Listen to the meeting via your home phone or cell phone

To listen to the meeting, please call 888-ICOM840 and enter the code 71275524 followed by the # key. Once connected, your call will be in listen only mode. We recommend dialing in five minutes prior to the meeting time, but you can join anytime during the meeting.

For a copy of the presentation to follow along with the presenters, please download the PDF version here.

Option 3 – Watch a rebroadcast of the meeting online via the Internet

To watch a rebroadcast of the meeting, go to www.ustream.tv/channel/WATownHall. The video will be available until Sept 20th. If you encounter an issue with the link, please contact us at WATownHall@comcast.net.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about regionalization before or during the Town Hall, please send an email to WATownHall@comcast.net. We will address your email during the meeting.

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Sample Ballots Available

The three sample ballots for the Tuesday, September 24, special school election are available for download. The polls will be open from 7am until 9pm.

There are three sample ballots, one for each town.

The ballot asks two questions. Question 1 is a vote to dissolve the South Hunterdon Regional School District. This question is necessary to allow for the the second question, the formation of a new PreK–12 regional school district.
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Regionalization Ballot Questions Finalized

On September 24, voters in Lambertville, Stockton, and West Amwell will have the opportunity vote on a single regionalized PreK–12 school district for the three South Hunterdon communities. This is a special school election and because of its unique nature, and due to current state statute, the vote must be held on September 24.

The polls will be open 7am–9pm.
Read More…

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Public Vote on School Regionalization Set for September

This fall, voters in Lambertville, Stockton, and West Amwell will have an opportunity to vote on whether to merge the four existing school districts into a single entity responsible for educating all students from our area. At a jointly conducted meeting on May 30, the four local boards of education each agreed to hold a special election on the regionalization issue on September 24, 2013.
Read More…

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Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for Summer 2013

Learn about the benefits of regionalization at Town Hall meetings in the three communities this summer. Hosted by the Regionalization Committee, the first of these meetings will be held in West Amwell Township on Tuesday, June 3. Another is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at 7:30pm at the firehouse in Stockton. A third town hall will be held in Lambertville on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00pm at the Justice Center (the Acme building). All are welcome to any or all three.

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