Seaside Heights Weighing Options To Close Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School: Reports

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS — An Ocean County elementary school is at risk of consolidation after Seaside Heights was forced to apply for state financial assistance to pay basic municipal services, according to a report.

Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School on 1200 Bay Avenue in Seaside Heights provides schooling for elementary aged children aged K-6 for part of the island. The other part of the island either falls in the Toms River section of the town or attends Berkeley Township Elementary School.

The school, which is apart of the Central Regional School District, had 219 students enrolled last year, according to

Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz, a Republican, reportedly said that the town is consulting with an independent firm to establish the financial viability of a sending-receiving relationship with Toms River Regional Schools and shuttering Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary.

If a sending-receiving plan is found to be more cost effective, Seaside Heights would pay to send all 219 students to Toms River Schools.

This comes in the wake of the state proposing legislation for smaller school districts to consolidate voluntarily around the state. In March, New Jersey Senate Bill 3488 was introduced and sent to committee for approval. The bill, which still has to reach the General Assembly and then eventually a signature from Governor Murphy, would provide K-5 and K-6 schools around the state to voluntary consulate into K-12 countywide districts.

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