A petition to have Montclair voters decide whether the township should have an elected school board or continue with its mayor-elected board has been deemed “sufficient,” the group pushing for the vote announced Saturday.
“This means that, barring a successful legal challenge or some other unforeseen event, the referendum question will be on the ballot on November 2,” Vote Montclair wrote in a blog post. Councilman Peter Yacobellis, in a statement released Saturday, confirmed Vote Montclair had enough confirmed signatures to put the measure on the ballot. Montclair is one of just 11 so-called “Type I” school districts in New Jersey, meaning the mayor appoints board members. The rest of the roughly 600 school districts in the state are “Type II,” with voters electing members.