Senate education committee advances shared services bill

The Senate Education Committee today passed a bill that would promote shared services among school districts.

Authored by state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), West Deptford, the measure would require executive county superintendents to designate a lead agency to help school districts to reduce costs through potential shared services arrangements.

“Recent data that shows New Jersey’s property tax burden having effectively grown 20 percent over the last two years is simply unacceptable,” said Sweeney. “Since school funding makes up the largest portion of our property tax bills, the need for more efficiency throughout the education system becomes all the more obvious. By creating efficiencies through shared services in education, we can ensure essential services are being provided while giving taxpayers a much-needed break.”

The bill (S610) would direct the executive county superintendent of schools in each county to identify a county special services school district or an educational services commission located in the county to serve as the lead agency promoting sharing.