FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The Monday meeting of the Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education was a brief 12 minutes, with only two people in the audience of the school’s Little Theater – it’s a visible sign of how quickly concerns over the coronavirus pandemic have changed.

The board met as scheduled March 16, hours after Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all schools and colleges in New Jersey closed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.  Hunterdon Central had already decided Friday to close, before the governor’s order, and online home instruction was scheduled to begin March 17.

Superintendent Jeff Moore said the district will follow the lead of the governor’s office on when school can re-open to students.

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“We’re ready for the long haul if need be with our own instruction,” he said.

Moore added that teachers had been working diligently over the weekend to prepare for online instruction.

Before adjourning, the board took care of some business to include unanimous approval of next year’s tentative $72.4 million budget. It now goes to the county for review.