In one of the first good ideas that has ever come out of the state legislature, Governor Murphy has a plan to consolidate school districts in New Jersey and eliminate 300 of them. This is an idea that has been floated hundreds of times throughout the history of New Jersey with its highest-in-the-nation property taxes.

A move like this which is endorsed by Senate president Steve Sweeney in a rare moment of agreement with the governor, could literally save you thousands every year. We’ve always said that the reason for our skyhigh property taxes is the NJEA and it’s vise-like hold on the legislature. Its power and influence has caused districts to become bloated with superfluous administrators. It’s not uncommon to see a New Jersey high school with 15 or 16 vice principals. That’s outrageous.

This consolidation and sharing of services is part of what the legislature is calling a “path to progress” and that name is actually appropriate because it could be the first path to legitimately lowering our property taxes in this state. Ever. Currently, there are 600 school districts in the state and according to an article in the Asbury Park patch, the proposed idea would whittle that number down to 320.

This is idea is long overdue and is a TRUE solution to our property Tax problem. Here is the list of proposed school closings according to the plan, as published by Patch.

  • Absecon City, Atlantic
  • Brigantine City, Atlantic
  • Egg Harbor City, Atlantic
  • Estell Manor City, Atlantic
  • Folsom Boro, Atlantic
  • Galloway Twp, Atlantic
  • Hamilton Twp, Atlantic
  • Linwood City, Atlantic
  • Margate City, Atlantic
  • Mullica Twp, Atlantic
  • Northfield City, Atlantic
  • Port Republic City, Atlantic
  • Somers Point City, Atlantic
  • Ventnor City, Atlantic
  • Weymouth Twp, Atlantic
  • Allendale Boro, Bergen
  • Alpine Boro, Bergen
  • Carlstadt Boro, Bergen
  • Closter Boro, Bergen
  • Demarest Boro, Bergen
  • East Rutherford Boro, Bergen
  • Edgewater Boro, Bergen
  • Englewood Cliffs Boro, Bergen
  • Fairview Boro, Bergen
  • Franklin Lakes Boro, Bergen
  • Harrington Park Boro, Bergen
  • Haworth Boro, Bergen
  • Hillsdale Boro, Bergen
  • Ho Ho Kus Boro, Bergen
  • Little Ferry Boro, Bergen
  • Maywood Boro, Bergen
  • Montvale Boro, Bergen
  • Moonachie Boro, Bergen
  • Northvale Boro, Bergen
  • Norwood Boro, Bergen
  • Oakland Boro, Bergen
  • Old Tappan Boro, Bergen
  • Oradell Boro, Bergen
  • River Edge Boro, Bergen
  • River Vale Twp, Bergen
  • Rochelle Park Twp, Bergen
  • Saddle River Boro, Bergen
  • South Hackensack Twp, Bergen
  • Upper Saddle River Boro, Bergen
  • Woodcliff Lake Boro, Bergen
  • Wyckoff Twp, Bergen
  • Bass River Twp, Burlington
  • Beverly City, Burlington
  • Chesterfield Twp, Burlington
  • Delanco Twp, Burlington
  • Eastampton Twp, Burlington
  • Edgewater Park Twp, Burlington
  • Evesham Twp, Burlington
  • Hainesport Twp, Burlington
  • Lumberton Twp, Burlington
  • Mansfield Twp, Burlington
  • Medford Lakes Boro, Burlington
  • Medford Twp, Burlington
  • Mount Holly Twp, Burlington
  • Mount Laurel Twp, Burlington
  • New Hanover Twp, Burlington
  • North Hanover Twp, Burlington
  • Riverton, Burlington
  • Shamong Twp, Burlington
  • Southampton Twp, Burlington
  • Springfield Twp, Burlington
  • Tabernacle Twp, Burlington
  • Westampton, Burlington
  • Woodland Twp, Burlington
  • Barrington Boro, Camden
  • Bellmawr Boro, Camden
  • Berlin Boro, Camden
  • Berlin Twp, Camden
  • Brooklawn Boro, Camden
  • Clementon Boro, Camden
  • Gibbsboro Boro, Camden
  • Gloucester Twp, Camden
  • Laurel Springs Boro, Camden
  • Lawnside Boro, Camden
  • Magnolia Boro, Camden
  • Merchantville Boro, Camden
  • Mount Ephraim Boro, Camden
  • Runnemede Boro, Camden
  • Somerdale Boro, Camden
  • Stratford Boro, Camden
  • Oaklyn, Camden
  • Voorhees Twp, Camden
  • Waterford Twp, Camden
  • Woodlynne Boro, Camden
  • Avalon Boro, Cape May
  • Cape May City, Cape May
  • Dennis Twp, Cape May
  • Lower Twp, Cape May
  • North Wildwood City, Cape May
  • Stone Harbor Boro, Cape May
  • Upper Twp, Cape May
  • West Cape May Boro, Cape May
  • Wildwood Crest Boro, Cape May
  • Woodbine Boro, Cape May
  • Commercial Twp, Cumberland
  • Deerfield Twp, Cumberland
  • Downe Twp, Cumberland
  • Fairfield Twp, Cumberland
  • Greenwich Twp, Cumberland
  • Hopewell Twp, Cumberland
  • Lawrence Twp, Cumberland
  • Maurice River Twp, Cumberland
  • Stow Creek Twp, Cumberland
  • Upper Deerfield Twp, Cumberland
  • Essex Fells Boro, Essex
  • Fairfield Twp, Essex
  • North Caldwell Boro, Essex
  • Roseland Boro, Essex
  • East Greenwich Twp, Gloucester
  • Elk Twp, Gloucester
  • Franklin Twp, Gloucester
  • Greenwich Twp, Gloucester
  • Harrison Twp, Gloucester
  • Logan Twp, Gloucester
  • Mantua Twp, Gloucester
  • National Park Boro, Gloucester
  • South Harrison Twp, Gloucester
  • Swedesboro-Woolwich, Gloucester
  • Wenonah Boro, Gloucester
  • Westville Boro, Gloucester
  • Woodbury Heights Boro, Gloucester
  • East Newark Boro, Hudson
  • Guttenberg Town, Hudson
  • Alexandria Twp, Hunterdon
  • Bethlehem Twp, Hunterdon
  • Bloomsbury Boro, Hunterdon
  • Califon Boro, Hunterdon
  • Clinton Twp, Hunterdon
  • Clinton-Glen Gardner, Hunterdon
  • Delaware Twp, Hunterdon
  • East Amwell Twp, Hunterdon
  • Flemington-Raritan Reg, Hunterdon
  • Franklin Twp, Hunterdon
  • Frenchtown Boro, Hunterdon
  • Hampton Boro, Hunterdon
  • High Bridge Boro, Hunterdon
  • Holland Twp, Hunterdon
  • Kingwood Twp, Hunterdon
  • Lebanon Boro, Hunterdon
  • Lebanon Twp, Hunterdon
  • Milford Boro, Hunterdon
  • Readington Twp, Hunterdon
  • Tewksbury Twp, Hunterdon
  • Union Twp, Hunterdon
  • Cranbury Twp, Middlesex
  • Jamesburg Boro, Middlesex
  • Milltown Boro, Middlesex
  • Atlantic Highlands Boro, Monmouth
  • Avon Boro, Monmouth
  • Belmar Boro, Monmouth
  • Bradley Beach Boro, Monmouth
  • Brielle Boro, Monmouth
  • Colts Neck Twp, Monmouth
  • Deal Boro, Monmouth
  • Eatontown Boro, Monmouth
  • Fair Haven Boro, Monmouth
  • Farmingdale Boro, Monmouth
  • Freehold Boro, Monmouth
  • Freehold Twp, Monmouth
  • Highlands Boro, Monmouth
  • Howell Twp, Monmouth
  • Little Silver Boro, Monmouth
  • Manalapan-Englishtown Reg, Monmouth
  • Marlboro Twp, Monmouth
  • Millstone Twp, Monmouth
  • Monmouth Beach Boro, Monmouth
  • Neptune City, Monmouth
  • Oceanport Boro, Monmouth
  • Red Bank Boro, Monmouth
  • Roosevelt Boro, Monmouth
  • Rumson Boro, Monmouth
  • Sea Girt Boro, Monmouth
  • Shrewsbury Boro, Monmouth
  • Spring Lake Boro, Monmouth
  • Spring Lake Heights Boro, Monmouth
  • Tinton Falls, Monmouth
  • Union Beach, Monmouth
  • West Long Branch Boro, Monmouth
  • Boonton Twp, Morris
  • Chester Twp, Morris
  • Denville Twp, Morris
  • East Hanover Twp, Morris
  • Florham Park Boro, Morris
  • Hanover Twp, Morris
  • Harding Township, Morris
  • Lincoln Park Boro, Morris
  • Long Hill Twp, Morris
  • Mendham Boro, Morris
  • Mendham Twp, Morris
  • Mine Hill Twp, Morris
  • Morris Plains Boro, Morris
  • Mount Arlington Boro, Morris
  • Netcong Boro, Morris
  • Riverdale Boro, Morris
  • Rockaway Boro, Morris
  • Rockaway Twp, Morris
  • Washington Twp, Morris
  • Wharton Boro, Morris
  • Bay Head Boro, Ocean
  • Beach Haven Boro, Ocean
  • Berkeley Twp, Ocean
  • Eagleswood Twp, Ocean
  • Island Heights Boro, Ocean
  • Lakehurst Boro, Ocean
  • Lavallette Boro, Ocean
  • Little Egg Harbor Twp, Ocean
  • Long Beach Island, Ocean
  • Ocean Gate Boro, Ocean
  • Ocean Twp, Ocean
  • Seaside Heights Boro, Ocean
  • Stafford Twp, Ocean
  • Tuckerton Boro, Ocean
  • Bloomingdale Boro, Passaic
  • Haledon Boro, Passaic
  • Little Falls Twp, Passaic
  • North Haledon Boro, Passaic
  • Prospect Park Boro, Passaic
  • Ringwood Boro, Passaic
  • Totowa Boro, Passaic
  • Wanaque Boro, Passaic
  • Woodland Park, Passaic
  • Alloway Twp, Salem
  • Elsinboro Twp, Salem
  • Lower Alloways Creek, Salem
  • Mannington Twp, Salem
  • Oldmans Twp, Salem
  • Quinton Twp, Salem
  • Upper Pittsgrove Twp, Salem
  • Bedminster Twp, Somerset
  • Branchburg Twp, Somerset
  • Green Brook Twp, Somerset
  • South Bound Brook, Somerset
  • Warren Twp, Somerset
  • Watchung Boro, Somerset
  • Andover Reg, Sussex
  • Byram Twp, Sussex
  • Frankford Twp, Sussex
  • Franklin Boro, Sussex
  • Fredon Twp, Sussex
  • Green Twp, Sussex
  • Hamburg Boro, Sussex
  • Hampton Twp, Sussex
  • Hardyston Twp, Sussex
  • Lafayette Twp, Sussex
  • Montague Twp, Sussex
  • Ogdensburg Boro, Sussex
  • Sandyston-Walpack Twp, Sussex
  • Stanhope Boro, Sussex
  • Stillwater Twp, Sussex
  • Sussex-Wantage Regional, Sussex
  • Garwood Boro, Union
  • Mountainside Boro, Union
  • Winfield Twp, Union
  • Allamuchy Twp, Warren
  • Alpha Boro, Warren
  • Blairstown Twp, Warren
  • Franklin Twp, Warren
  • Frelinghuysen Twp, Warren
  • Great Meadows Regional, Warren
  • Greenwich Twp, Warren
  • Harmony Twp, Warren
  • Hope Twp, Warren
  • Knowlton Twp, Warren
  • Lopatcong Twp, Warren
  • Mansfield Twp, Warren
  • Oxford Twp, Warren
  • Pohatcong Twp, Warren
  • Washington Boro, Warren
  • Washington Twp, Warren
  • White Twp, Warren

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