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State Increases School Aid By $300K

The district will receive about $1 million less in aid than it did in 2010.

The Westwood Regional Board of Education approved a preliminary budget of $52,191,950 at a meeting Thursday night, the same day the state Department of Education announced that the district will receive almost $300,000 more in aid for the 2012-13 school year than this year.

Governor Chris Christie said that he was giving the highest increases for education aid in state history. Aid to Westwood Regional Schools next year will be up about 21 percent from this year. The total $1,652,524 the district will receive next year still falls short of the approximately $2,700,000 in state aid it received for the 2009-10 school year.

"To make that claim that the district's finances are in significantly better shape than they've ever been because of [Christie's] administration would be a little disingenuous," Superintendent Geoffrey Zoeller said.

With the increase in aid, the district will be able to restore some faculty positions that were eliminated due to the cuts. The proposed budget is an approximate 1.4 percent increase from this year, which may be the smallest in district history, Zoeller said.

With the preliminary budget approved, the county will make edits and return it to the board. There will be a budget presentation at the March 22 board meeting, followed by a final board vote.

LivinLocal February 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Do we need to add back faculty positions? We just spent millions on new school fields. Can't we follow the governor and find more cost saving methods to educate our children. Maybe if we teach finance and value in school today the future will better understand how to gain more bang from the hard earned retirement tax dollar. What is it, I read 60 cents of every property tax dollar is for our school? How do states down south pay for education so that their property taxes can be so low?
Carey Grant February 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
instead of livinlocal maybe you should consider livinsouth. Sounds like your ready.
TaxPayer March 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM
90% of the budget is funded from local property taxes, the average Abbott district pays less than 25%, the balance comes from the state & fed + they spend more per student tham we do. For every dollar NJ sends to DC we get 65 cents back. We pay for our kids, the Abbott kids and the kids in MS, AL, AK & LA. Show me where in the Constitution it says anything about funding education. Maybe the should teach what 10th Amendment means.

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