The New Jersey Department of Education may take action this month on Woodcliff Lake's petition to withdraw from the Pascack Valley Regional School District.
Woodcliff Lake officials have sought to withdraw from the district because property owners there and in Montvale typically pay more money for the schools than property owners in Hillsdale and River Vale. A 1975 state law mandates that regional districts determine their tax levy allocation based on property values in each town.
The state's Board of Review will hold a public hearing to take comments from residents on the issue at 3:30 p.m. August 19 at Bergen County Technical High School, 504 Route 46 West in Teterboro. A sign-up sheet for anyone who wants to comment will be available starting at 3:15 p.m. that day and officials will also take written comments — which should include the commenter's full name and town of residence — that day or via email to email@example.com.
In a joint statement, Hillsdale Mayor Max Arnowitz and River Vale Mayor Joseph Blundo said they would both be attending the meeting to explain how Woodcliff Lake's plan "is flawed and overlooks the adverse educational, financial and community impacts that would result if the existing configuration of regional high school is altered in any way."
The mayors said they encouraged residents to attend the meeting and voice their support for maintaining the district.
The Board of Review will hold a second meeting to consider the petition August 27 at 2 p.m. in the New Jersey Department of Education, 100 River View Plaza, Route 29, 1st Floor Conference Room in Trenton. According to a notice for the meeting, officials may take action on the petition.