Since 2013 Montague students in grade 9 through 12 have been going to High Point High School. For 85 years prior to 2013, Montague sent 9 through 12 students to Port Jervis High School in New York. According to a story in today's New Jersey Herald the Montague Board of Education has filed a petition with the state requesting early termination of the contract with High Point. If a new sending agreement with Port Jervis can be reached. The board has already retained attorneys from the Morristown Law firm Porzio, Bromberg and Newman to help make their case. A study by the firm presented to the board last October indicated there would be several benefits to students and taxpayers if Montague students were sent to Port Jervis High School. Those benefits include: A safer trip and lower transportation costs. A lower student tuition rate. High Point's tuition is over $16,000 per student. Port Jervis would charge about $10,000 per student. Montague students who graduate from Port Jervis High School would quality for in state tuition rates at both New Jersey and New York state universities and colleges. The study also said students would be exposed to a more diverse student body at Port Jervis High School. Montague's contract with High Point ends in 2024. Current Montague Students going to High Point High School would not have to switch schools. Three new board of education members will be sworn in tonight in Montague. The High Point Regional Board of Education has not made any public comments about Montague's petition.
Source: New Jersey Herald