WARETOWN, NJ – The gauntlet has officially landed on Ocean Township Schools as district leaders face yet another $1.2 million loss in state aid.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christopher Lommerin warned last year of the impact of losing approximately $6 million in state funding over a seven-year period. The decreases are attributable to a funding formula established under state legislation referred to as S2.

Ocean Township Schools once received more than 30 percent of its budget by way of supplemental funding from the state. Districts experiencing proposed cuts have been targeted for failing to contribute their local fair share by way of property taxes.

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The school district does not plan to bring a referendum to the voters to exceed the two percent levy cap on local property taxes. Staff cuts may well be inevitable and will be discussed at the Board of Education meeting tonight.

“We plan to vote on our options this evening,” confirmed Board of Education President Shawn Denning, Jr. “There may be some positions we simply won’t be refilling, and we may be eliminating others.  It’s not something we want to do.”

Discussions tonight include approval of the 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget for submittal to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools for approval. The public hearing on the budget will be held on April 26,2021 at 6:15pm at the Priff School Library.

Interested parties in tonight’s Board of Education 6:15pm meeting may attend in person and will be properly socially distanced. Instructions to attend by remote access are found at this link. 

There will be no open chat session available during the virtual meeting. Questions or comments must be submitted today be 5pm to boe@otsdk6.org.