Monroe Township, the southernmost municipality in Middlesex County, is approximately 43 square miles in land area. The Township’s boundaries include the Boroughs of Spotswood, Jamesburg, and Helmetta, and the Townships of South Brunswick, Old Bridge, and East Brunswick in Middlesex County.
As of the 2010 Census, Monroe Township had a population of 39,132:
The current estimate of population is 45,000.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 29,992 registered voters in Monroe Township (38.7% Democrats, 18.2% Republicans, and 1% unaffiliated).
The Median Household Income is approx. $74,200. About 3.9% of the population is below the poverty line.
Monroe Township is in the 12th U.S. Congressional District and is part of New Jersey’s 14th State Legislative District.
The township is in Middlesex County, which is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose 7 members are elected at-large on a partisan basis to serve 3-year terms of office. Either 2 or 3 seats come up for election every year as part of the November general election.
The township is governed under the Mayor-Council system of New Jersey municipal governments. It is one of 71 NJ municipalities governed under this system. The governing body consists of a citizen-elected mayor and a 5-member township council, all elected as part of the November general election. Each is elected for a 4-year term. For profiles of the current mayor and town council members, click here.
Township Boards, Commissions and Committees
Following is an alphabetical list of boards and commissions, each with a brief description, meeting dates/times and contact information. Meetings are subject to change, so check the Township calendar for updates (click on Calendar at the top of the Monroe Township News page). For more information about board members and minutes of meetings, click here.
The Monroe Township School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
For the 2020 school year, the district and its 8 schools have an enrollment of 6,639 students. This includes about 300 students from Jamesburg, who attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship established in 1980.
Rising enrollment has caused both the middle school and high school to exceed capacity. At the middle school, the district currently rents 10 temporary classroom trailers (as a cost of approx $1million/year). Referendums in 2018 and 2019 for a budget to build an addition to the high school and build an additional middle school were defeated.
The teacher/student ratio is 13.1:1. The district’s graduation rate is 96%.
The Monroe Township School District is ranked within the top 30% of all 656 school districts in NJ.
The district’s revenue per student is $15,903 (less than the state average of $20,704). The district’s spending per student is $21,601 (higher than the state average of $21,080).
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