The Board of Education will seek a meeting with the North Brunswick Board of Education for an explanation of its proposed area pupil assignment plan.
The North Brunswick board has petitioned Dr. Carl Marburger, state commissioner of education, to approve a plan for area pupil assignments which would enable New Brunswick to bus black high school students to 16 districts to achieve balanced integration.
Middlesex is one of the 16 districts involved.
The board’s secretary-business manager, Anthotay D’Agostino, received a copy of the petition to the state commissioner.
On Jan. 7 the board received a copy of the formal reply of the New Brunswick Board of Education, which disagreed with portions of the North Brunswick petition.
Edward J. Johnson, Middlesex board attorney, said the: board does not have to file an answer to North Brunswick’s petition until the state commissioner takes jurisdiction.
He said the board has no way of knowing whether statements made in North Brunswick’s petition are accurate. He noted that there is go suggestion as to who would pay the cost for busing and tuition and maintained t|at the board would be “derelict” if it did not obtain more information. Such a meeting, he said, would not indicate “which way this board would go.”
Supt. Robert A Senna will investigate complaints by Mr. Michael A. Feldmah, a, parent, that charges for school photographs impose a hardship on large families and that Jewish children suffer unnecessary hardship when school tests are given during Jewish high holy days.
Mrs. Feldman also inquired whether programs are planned in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, which falls on Saturday, Robert Vosbrinck, principal of Central and Watchung schools, replied that no special programs are planned, but he said he was confident that social studies teachers would mark the occasion.
The board approved attendance of a neurologically impaired child at Princeton Academy, Princeton, at a tuition rate of $3,400.
Steve Bitow, board member, reported that the buildings and grounds committee and the administrative staff had met with a representative of the architectural firm of Armstrong, Pease & Jones to examine preliminary plans for improvement of the Pierce School gymnasium.