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Judge to rule whether Montague students attend high school in N.J.

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Newton attorney Daniel M. Perez, representing the Montague School District, has vowed to file a lawsuit in Superior Court in the next several days against High Point in response to that district's request for an injunction.

gavelMontague students could learn on Tuesday whether they'll attend school in Port Jervis, N.Y. or Wantage. (File photo) 

NEWARK  -- Days before the school year is set to start, students from Montague are awaiting a judge's ruling that will determine whether they'll continue attending school at Port Jervis High School in Port Jervis, N.Y. or be compelled to attend High Point High School in Wantage, according to a report in the New Jersey Herald.

An emergency hearing was held in Newark on Monday to resolve a dispute over Montague's "send-receive" agreements with Port Jervis High School and High Point Regional High School, the newspaper reported.

"Send-receive" agreements allow one board of education to receive students from another board of education and educate those students together with its own students. Montague is the only district in the state, according to New Jersey Herald, to have a "send-receive" agreement that crosses state lines. 

As outlined in a notice sent by the state Department of Education on Aug. 18, Montague had a longstanding send-receive agreement with Port Jersey that should have ended on June 24, 2013 when former state education commissioner Chris Cerf ruled on the issue. State education officials say the Montague Board of Education recently violated the commissioner's 2013 decision by providing families the option of sending their middle school-age and high school-age students to either Port Jervis, N.Y. or Wantage. 

Montague has alleged that "material information" was withheld from Cerf during closed-door discussions two years ago, New Jersey Herald reported.

Dave Hutchinson may be reached at dhutchinson@njadvancemedia.com.Follow him on Twitter @DHutch_SL. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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