Lack of progress in the Regionalization talks among the Mill-town, North Brunswick and city school boards may force local school officials to abandon those negotiations after tomorrow night’s planned meeting and appeal directly to state Commissioner of Education Carl Marburger for a hearing.
Board of Education President Eli Saltz said at. last night’s meeting that while the local board was making a good faith effort to comply with Marburger’s earlier decision that the three boards resolve the issue themselves, it appeared the North Brunswick board was “not seriously interested” in achieving a racial balance.
Saltz said the local board’s opinion was based on rcent reports that the North Brunswick board plans to ask the state legislature to strip Marburger of his power to order school regionalization.
The three boards entered into the talks after Milltown and New Brunswick called on Marburger to halt North Brunswick’s plans to pull out of New Brunswick High School and build a school of its own. Local school officials have claimed the exodus of North Brunswick students from the high school would cause a racial imbalance in the school system.
Marburger allowed North Brunswick to proceed with its plans on the condition the three boards could come up with a plan to maintain a racial balance in the schools. North Brunswick school officials said they would be willing to accept a certain number of New Brunswick and Milltown students into their new school, but are opposed to any complete regionalization.