Pull Oakcrest out
of regional district
On March 11, voters in Hamilton Township overwhelmingly approved renovations to the 54-year-old Oakcrest High School, including, believe it or not in the year 2014, air conditioning. But Oakcrest High School is part of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, and the other municipalities in the district voted against the referendum, and it was defeated.
It did not help that on the Sunday before the election, the district's automated telephone system called everyone at 6:30 a.m. to remind us to vote. Apparently, the district's administration, despite being one of the most expensive administrations per student in the state of New Jersey, cannot program their telephone system for a.m. and p.m.
Hamilton Township already has a school district in place with one of the most cost-effective administrations per student in the state. Hamilton Township should do what's best for its students and taxpayers and add the high school to the Hamilton school district and sever ties with the wasteful, ineffective Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District and its overpaid administration.
Hours poorly timed
for Greater Egg vote
It is challenging to get out to vote for a special school election under normal conditions. The elections are not held on Election Day - or even on the same day every spring. You have to remember the day to vote, or you may be reminded by an automated phone call if you have a child in the school.
March 11 was a special election for the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School district, but the school district made it more special by beginning the voting at 3 p.m. rather than 6 a.m. This eliminated the opportunity for many people to vote.
Democracy is supposed to mean that everyone is given a fair opportunity to vote at the polls, not that you adjust the opportunity to vote to fit a desired outcome. If the schools were not available before 3 p.m., other voting locations could have been chosen.
Egg Harbor City