School building plan voted down in town pushing for county-wide district

NEWTON — A proposed $18 million school expansion plan was soundly defeated Tuesday in a town where the mayor and council are supporting the elimination of local school districts.

More than 80 percent of voters opposed a referendum that would have funded an overhaul of the Merriam Avenue School, which enrolls students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The outcome was cheered by Newton Mayor Wayne Levante, who is pushing an unprecedented proposal that would swap out the county’s 25 public school districts for a single, county-wide system — possibly resulting in building closures.

“The residents of Newton made the right choice …read more

Source: NJ.com Sussex

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