School officials from New Brunswick, Milltown and North Brunswick will begin discussion tomorrow night on implementation of state Education Commissioner Carl Marburger’s order to maintain a racial balance within the three school systems.
That order came after both New Brunswick and Milltown attempted to block North Brunswick’s plans to build its own High School and withdraw students from New Brunswick High after 1974.
The Milltown and New Brunswick boards expressed fears that if North Brunswick withdrew its predominantly white student population from New Brunswick High School, it would cause a racial imbalance in the schools. Marburger eventually allowed North Brunswick to open bids and award contracts for its new school on the condition that the three school systems work out some type of solution.
His order came after a state Supreme Court decision which upheld the Education Department’s power to compel school regionalizati6n to further racial desegregation.
New Brunswick board President Eli Saltz said he expected the meeting to be the first in a long series of discussions.