Jackson Mayor Reina joins with Council President Kuhn and Councilman Burnstein to endorse School Board Decision to Outsource Private School Buses

The Jackson Township School Board voted on a resolution to enter into an agreement with the Lakewood Students Transportation Authority under a new agreement. Currently, the Jackson School District, as required by state law gives private school families the state mandated minimum amount. That public to private agreement, according to township officials has caused havoc on the roadways as private school families then contracted with independent transportation companies to bring their children to private schools.

By state law, all New Jersey municipalities must provide transportation to private school students. Jackson is not unique in this mandate.

While efforts by Jackson officials and school board members to challenge the state funding under this mandate have fallen upon deaf ears in Trenton, Council President Jennifer Kuhn said contracting with the LTSA is better than the school district writing checks to families and will reduce the amount of buses and school transportation vehicles on township roads.

“There’s a lot going on every morning and afternoon on our roads,” Kuhn said. “This change will remove the school district from the administrative overhead required to cut checks to thousands of families for transportation. Under the consolidation, the LTSA which already manages routes for 50,000 students each day will absorb the administrative overhead and work to streamline routes and consolidate bus routes to lessen the number of buses on our roads.”

Mayor Reina who has spent years working on busing solutions for all of Jackson’s students welcomed the agreement and pointed out the safety advantages of this agreement. ” Having one main point of contact for our Police, D.P.W. and administration when need be, is going to give Jackson township a better say in the safety of our township “.

Councilman Mordechai Burnstein said the decision is a win-win for families and the township, but would like to see Trenton start paying more for the school bus mandate as the Lakewood and Jackson situation is a unique issue that doesn’t affect other communities in New Jersey.

“We have been calling for the state to start providing transportation aid as this service is another unfunded state mandate that burdens everyone in town,” Burnstein said. “Transportation costs are skyrocketing because we have to abide by the state regulations, but if they are making us do this, they need to chip in more on the financial costs like they do in other parts of the state to accommodate unique educational situations.”

Under New Jersey state law. In accordance with state law, N.J.S.A. 18A:39-1, all public elementary school students (grades K-8) who live more than two miles from their school and all public secondary school students (grades 9-12) who live more than two-and-a-half miles from their school are entitled to transportation.

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  1. The LSTA does not have enough buses for all the Lakewood kids, how can they also do Jackson?
    Right now I have some kids that don’t get any busing, does this mean next year none of my kids will get because all the buses are going to Jackson?

  2. The OTHER issue that no one seems to mention “the elephant in the room “ is that in these religious communities the girls are separated from the boys, they do not ride together which I’m sure causes more buses to be on the road every day. And it’s 6 days a week, not five.

    You talk about NJ state not providing more funding?????? I’m not so sure there’s a stipulation that states that if you and your community follows a certain religion that the powers that be have to PAY for that “requirement “ dictated by your religious “laws”.
    I personally would like to know what other parts of the state of NJ accommodate’s unique education situations as stated in your article by M. Burnstein. The problem here is when families start separating girls from boys on our school buses common sense dictates more buses on our roads, more money to run and more the paying taxpayer will have to cough up. I’m not so sure that a “state mandate” to be paying for that UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL SITUATION “.

    I would have to see that article in writing.

    • There are more than enough kids to fill up many busses, even with girls and boys separated.

      Second, it’s 5 days a week. Sunday bussing is not funded.

      If you’re going to be a bigot, at least be accurate.

  3. MANY private buses I see on Jackson roads have more empty seats than full. Are they picking up elsewhere in Lakewood?
    And if “Sunday busing is not funded”, who is paying for it? Is Jay’s and the other private companies doing it gratis?? Anonymous, from where do you get this information. What is your connection to the matter at hand.

  4. @52year Jacksonite.

    I have also seen buses running on holidays and Sundays so if my math is correct that on Sunday that’s the 6Th DAY..…….maybe “anonymous “ should open its eyes because I’ve driven behind them on more than one occasion…….and to your point I would bet that Jays and other companies are not doing this because they have nothing better to do on a Sunday.

    If you’re going to be obnoxious get your facts straight and maybe open your eyes when you are driving!!!!

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