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Referendum On Possible School Change Could Be On Sea Bright Ballots This Year

SEA BRIGHT: A non-binding referendum question could be on ballots this November asking residents if the governing body should pursue trying to join a new K-12 regional school district with Highlands and Atlantic Highlands.

"That is potentially a very big change," Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long. "So, one of things we've discussed would be how to get the pulse of the town."

The referendum would be a "yes or no" question and its results would not cause any official action, it would simply give the council guidance from the community.

Resident Marianne McKenzie Morse said she felt the question should be more general in terms of which school district Sea Bright would join.

Sea Bright Attorney Patrick McNamara said he would do some research to determine the best wording that could be used for the question.

The deadline to submit a referendum question and explanatory statement that would appear on this year's ballots to the county clerk is Aug. 14. The council will likely vote on a resolution to submit the question and statement at its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Sea Bright is currently part of Shore Regional High School, but officials have said the amount of taxes its residents pay to help balance the district's budget are too high and that school funding formula is flawed.

A Sept. 3 town hall meeting has also been scheduled concerning Sea Bright's school tax situation.

To read more about the initial discussion the council had about the possibility of leaving the school district, click here.

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