FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon Central Regional High School is among the top tier when it comes to holding on to science teachers, and Montclair State University wants to know how the school is able to do that.

The school board of education approved Feb. 10 to participate in a study being conducted by the university.

In a letter to the board dated Jan. 22, the university wrote that the school district’s five-year retention rate for science teachers is in the top 5 percent among New Jersey schools.

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The university will send a research team for one day to conduct interviews and focus groups with science teachers and administrators.

The research is part of the university’s Induction and Mentor Programs for the Retention of Science Teachers, IMPREST, project which aims to investigate five-year science teacher retention rates in four states, including New Jersey, and develop best practices for the mentoring and induction of science teachers.

An email requesting when the Montclair State research team will be in the area was not returned.