$139M Projected School Budget to be Presented

Board of education will hear the second of about five presentations.

The board of education is expected to hear a second presentation on the proposed .

Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder is expected to make a second presentation on the budget at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

This proposal expects flat state aid, although those numbers won’t be available until February or March.

The total proposed budget, at this time, is $139,392,430, a 2.88 percent increase over the 2012-2013 budget.

This 1.76 percent increase, Schilder has said, also represents no additions or cuts to the budget as it stands now, although a 2 percent increase—the maximum allowed by the state—would allow for the addition of $285,475 of costs into the budget.

Many costs are being considered for the 2013-2014 budget, but none are finalized, including the replacement of the roof at John F. Kennedy Primary School for $850,000, and the replacement of the high school air conditioning unit in the boiler room for $425,000.

There is also an inclusion of wireless technology for the primary schools for $280,000, and money for four floating teacher positions for all grades.

Other projected costs at this point, Schilder said, include $32,300 to add a bowling team to the high school, $45,000 for replacing the phone system at Adamsville Primary School, $15,000 for a new PA system at Bradley Gardens Primary, $125,000 for some repaving and $30,000 for additional security at the high school.

There is also, Schilder said, $45,000 included for compliance with EE4NJ, particularly in terms of getting substitutes while teachers are in training.

And, Schilder said, there is $50,000 included for refurbishing the high school library.

Tuesday’s budget presentation will be the second of about five planned before a budget will potentially be adopted.

The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. at the Harmon V. Wade Administration Building on Newmans Lane.

Liz Lande January 22, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Part of me wants to go and hear the presentation. Part of me wonders "what's the point?" since the public can't vote on it anyway. There is no incentive for the public to voice their concerns, since there is no public vote attached to the budget or any potential changes that may be suggested. I've attended many budget presentations through the years (including some that went through the entire budget line by line!), but feel very disengaged with this new process. Dr. Schilder has basically been given a blank slate (for "discretionary spending" - the vast majority of funds are allocated to salary/benefits or other large-ticket items) without the public's vote as a vital check/balance.
Metoo January 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Liz, incorrect context. Checks and balances is a reference to the Federalist concept of separation of powers which is the form of representative government we have at the State and Federal level. If you don't like what's happening with your local elected official, you can vote against them or, as you did here, voice your concern. Now, you can argue that a representative republic is inefficient and indeed it is but, that's what we have and have always had. Nothing new...


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