BARNEGAT, NJ - Board of Education members vote on next year's school budget at this afternoon's virtual school board meeting. Residents will have the opportunity to watch the budget presentation from the comforts of their home. The Zoom meeting includes a section for public commentary and participation is encouraged.

Today's meeting is at 4:00 pm and access is available as follows:

To view the Board meeting please utilize the streaming video link:

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To participate in the virtual Board Meeting please follow these instructions:

  1. Join Zoom Meeting by visiting  the following link:

  1. Mute your microphone

  1. During the public comment portion of the meeting utilize the “raise your hand” function to inform the Board you would like to make a public comment.

  1. Please preface your comments with name address and group affiliation, if appropriate.

If you have any comments or questions, please email: 

Agenda and Budget Summary

The complete agenda for this afternoon's meeting can be reviewed here. Additionally, the final proposed school budget for year ending June 30, 2021 can be found in this document.

Steve Brennan, Board of Education Business Administrator will give a detailed budget presentation during the virtual meeting. The proposed budget calls for this use of capital reserves in the amount of $592,976 and maintenance reserves of $1,415,097.  Additionally, the budget includes adjustments for the use of banked cap in the amount of $475,000.

In 2010, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation that limited school boards to tax increases of two percent without the need for voter approval. Barnegat traditionally has not taken advantage of the full two percent. That said, the difference remains "banked" and available for up to three years. Previously untaxed, the $475,000 gets added to this year's school taxes.

The budget proposal sums up the total impact for homeowners based on $100 assessed value.  For the 2019-2020 school year, the rate was 1.39 percent. The .023 percent increase proposed for next year brings the new rate to 1.42 percent.

In the meantime, the budget is not the only item on the agenda. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Latwis will provide district highlights and plans. This includes outlining the district's goals as far as the five-year strategic plan from 2019-2024.

During the "Barnegat Brag" portion of the agenda, attendees will also hear from James Barbiere, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Human Resources.  Barbiere will provide the results of the 2019 administration of the NJSLA-S state science assessment.

The Board will also consider approval of Horbelt science class improvements and the Dunfee PreK toilet project. Both of these motions come from the Grade Banding Committee.

Additionally, board members will consider approval of personnel transfers, that include the following:

  • Tracee Dubeck from District Supervisor of Language Arts & Social Studies to BHS Vice Principal
  • Michelle John from BHS Vice Principal to K-5 District Vice Principal
  • Francis Pannullo from BHS Teacher to BHS Vice Principal
  • Francis Kukulya from 10 month Technology Technician to 12 Month Technology Technician
  • Michele Haviland from 12 month Part-time Grounds & Technology Secretary to Full Time

These are just some highlights of today's afternoon agenda. Those who have the opportunity to hear the information firsthand may want to attend the meeting. Otherwise, wait for a series of reports from TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown.