Mendham Students May Get Option to Attend Central
Board will vote on giving Chester, Mendham residents ability to go to West Morris Central as enrollment packs Mendham High School's classes.
Mendham High School is “bursting at the seams,” according to West Morris Regional High School Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast, and has proposed to the board of education a measure that has never been approved in the history of the district.
At its March 25 meeting, the board will decide to give Mendham High School students the option of attending West Morris Central High School if they are interested in doing so.
Mendham High School currently has its largest enrollment ever, Pendergrast said, and has noticed in the past few years that the approximately 20 to 30 students who would normally go to private school after graduating eighth grade have not done so.
“We’re looking at a situation where we just won’t have the classrooms to put the kids in,” Pendergrast said of the students at Mendham. “We could be faced with not having enough room.”
Adding trailers converted into classrooms could cost “big bucks,” Pendergrast said.
The measure for students would be purely optional, Pendergrast said, and any student that would normally attend Mendham and chooses to go to Central would have to provide his or her own transportation to school daily.
The top administrator said he’s asked about the idea frequently by parents in the district’s sending towns.
If enough students made the switch, the move could save the district on transportation costs, Pendergrast said.
The next board of education meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at West Morris Central High School.
Do you think this is a good idea? Are you in favor of allowing Mendham students to switch campuses and attend Central?