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Oceanport BOE Does Not Appear Interested In Regionalization

OCEANPORT: After the possibility of the regionalization of the four sending boroughs for a PreK-12 school was discussed by the Shore Regional Board of Education, the Oceanport Board of Education will now tackle the subject.

However, Oceanport Board of Education President Cullin Wible attended the June 8 Oceanport Council meeting and said there have not been any discussions between his board or any other board on the topic.

"At this point our board has not gauged in conversations with any of the other boards in terms of regionalization and we currently do not have any plans to do so," Wible said.

The Oceanport BOE has a board meeting scheduled for Wednesday at Maple Place School at 7 p.m. Wible invited anyone interested in speaking on the topic to come as it will be on the agenda in the form of resolution.

"We have a resolution on the agenda..reaffirming our desire to remain an independent school district and support shared services with the other school districts."

Shore Regional Board of Education President Beth Garrigal has said the Shore Regional BOE hopes to meet with the other boards sometime in July to discuss "how they can help each other financially."

Shore Board Member Ron O'Neill led the discussion at the conclusion of the meeting as an alternative to Oceanport School District building a new school by way of a multi million dollar referendum. That referendum would also affect Sea Bright as their students attend the Oceanport School District.

Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey the Oceanport Council has a "open mind" on the possibility of regionalization, but that the way the topic was discussed may have been handled incorrectly.

"I'm not passing judgement on whether or not that's a good idea or a bad idea," Coffey said. "But I think the message should have maybe been done before they said something in public."

Coffey said any possible referendum on regionalization would have to be initiated by the boards and people would have a fundamental argument on deciding how they would vote; "Do I want to give up autonomy to save money."

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