BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The first Bernards Board of Education meeting of the 2015-16 school year is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 in the Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge.

Township schools opened on Sept. 8 with 5,623 students in attendance.

The first scheduled school board meeting of the year, set for Sept. 14, was canceled.

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School officials discussed multiple topics at the last board meeting, held on Aug. 24, including brainstorming on goals for the new school year.

School administrators also said they would investigate ways that the district might be able to avoid a possible hike in school bus transportation costs, after the Somerset County Education Services Commission, which provides bus service for township students, reportedly indicated that its bus transportation costs for Bernards exceed payments from the school district.

That night, board members and school officials also asked for a closer look at a proposal made last spring to consider changing Ridge High School's master schedule with the goal of increasing instructional time. A presentation on the idea was last May brought before the board by Ridge Principal Frank Howlett. The alternative schedule, if implemented, would begin in the 2016-17.

The agenda for the meeting was scheduled to be posted on Friday on the board's webpage.