At tonight’s Township Council meeting, the Lakewood Board of Education and the Lakewood Township Municipal Government entered into a Shared Services Agreement to provide transportation to students for the 2019-2020 school year. This comes on the heels of the news that the Lakewood Student Transportation Authority will become defunct due to a lack of funding.
According to the agreement, all monies set aside by the Board of Education for transportation will be given to Lakewood Township which will manage the transportation responsibilities for Lakewood students.
An oversight committee will be created, consisting of seven members, three to be chosen by the Board of Education, three chosen by Lakewood Township and one to be chosen by the State Monitor.
The Board of Education and Lakewood Township Council will meet on a quarterly basis to review the provision of transportation to Lakewood children in an effort to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
Avi Schnall of Agudas Yisroel told TLS that much effort went into getting to this agreement. “Mayor Ray Coles, Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein and Senator Bob Singer deserve tremendous praise for their endless dedication to the community of Lakewood to ensure that public and non-public school students will have a proper and safe way of getting to school.”