Notice of Public Comment Period

Notice of Public Comment Period
Posted on 06/19/2020

WHEREAS, at the Board of Education’s May 11, 2020 meeting, the Board approved a proposed settlement with the Lebanon Borough Board of Education with regard to Lebanon Borough’s Petition before the Commissioner of Education seeking to sever the existing sending-receiving agreement between the parties, and allowing the phase out of Lebanon Borough’s 7th and 8th grade students, beginning in the 2021-22 school year, in order that they may attend the Town of Clinton Public Schools; and

WHEREAS, the Lebanon Borough Board of Education approved a similar resolution at its June 4, 2020 Board meeting, with regard to the settlement and requisite public comment period, given that any such settlement requires such a comment period and the approval of the Commissioner of Education,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education opens the public comment period, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:3-6.1, and formally announces the following: The record for public comment will be open for twenty days from today. Comments should be addressed to the Commissioner of Education, c/o Director, Office of Controversies and Disputes, New Jersey Department of Education, 100 River View Plaza, PO Box 500, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0500. Comments shall not exceed 10 pages in length, shall be served on all parties to the case, shall include proof of such service when filed with the Commissioner, and shall specifically address the following statutory standard for the Commissioner #39;s review of applications for change in designation, allocation, or apportionment: “Comments shall address the question of whether the proposed change in designation, allocation, or apportionment will result in a substantial negative impact in any of the affected school districts in one or more of the following areas: educational and financial implications; quality of education received by students; and racial composition of the student populations.” Comments must be served on the Commissioner of Education as set forth above, the Lebanon Borough Board of Education and the Clinton Township Board of Education, in person or by mail in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:3-1.2 and 1.3.