Brigantine Taxpayers Association Recommends School Consolidation

Anne H. Phillips from the Brigantine Taxpayers Association sent this letter to the Brigantine Board of Education last month. Ms. Phillips recommends the consolidation of the Brigantine school district’s two elementary schools into one such school within the same building. She believes the consolidation is warranted for the following reasons:

1. A major part, 32 percent, of property taxes goes to support the school district. As taxpayers expect the City government to reduce the cost of municipal government and the amount needed in property taxes to support that government, they expect the same of the school district and its board. And today, it’s also necessary to consider that both are operating in the context of a weak economy and the continuing harmful effect of (Hurricane) Sandy.

2. Even without the above circumstances, the district’s numbers justify consolidation. The school population continues to decline and no longer necessitates two separate schools with two administrative staffs.

We urge the board to consider consolidation and to take the necessary steps to accomplish it. Excessive administration is a waste of taxpayers’ money and serves no purpose.

Anne H. Phillips. Brigantine Taxpayers Association.