A merger of a vocational and special services school board has reduced the number of local boards of education in New Jersey from 581 to 580.

The boards of education of the Cape May County Special Services School District and the Cape May County Vocational School District merged last year. The districts now have a common school board, and they share a superintendent. The official name of the entity is “The Board of Education of the Special Services School District and the Vocational School District of the County of Cape May.”

Similar configurations are in place in four other counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Gloucester and Salem. A 2007 statute allows a single school board to govern both a county vocational school district and a county special services school district.