Bernards School Board and Township Committee Due to Meet This Week

The Bernards Board of Education at its meeting on March 13, 2017, at the Cedar Hill Elementary School. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Bernards Township Committee will play catch-up this week addressing the issues - including introduction of a municipal budget for 2017 - that weren't discussed when the last meeting of the governing body was called off due to a springtime snowstorm on March 14. This week's meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28.

Board of Education scheduled to meet on Monday

Meanwhile, an update on the school district's technology is one of the topics on the agenda for Monday's scheduled meeting of the Bernards Township Board of Education. The school board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on March 27 in the Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School, 268 S. Finley Ave. in Bernardsville.

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Recent school board meetings have drawn a number of speakers from the public. The first meeting in March, held at the Cedar Hill School, included comments from parents concerned about stress levels for students, and a Ridge High School student who gve details on, and the reason for, a new club started this month to support student mental wellness.

The March 13 meeting also included a presentation of the proposed 2017-18 school budget. The public hearing and board adoption of next year's school budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 8 at the Ridge High School PAC.

Last Bernards Township Committee meeting was canceled

This Tuesday's scheduled Bernards Township meeting has a double agenda that, along with the introduction of the proposed 2017 township municipal budget, recognizes the winners of this year's Mayor's Arts Awards.

If adopted as proposed, the total $38,096,176.64 municipal budget for 2017 would add another $24.39 onto the average township home, which this year is assessed at $627,418.

Municipal taxes account for about 12.7 percent of a homeowner's total property tax bill, according to township figures. Most of the total property tax bill, an estimated 65.1 percent, pays for local schools, while an estimated 16.8 percent goes to pay for the township's assessment of its assessment for the Somerset County budget. 

A public hearing on the this year's budget is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11. The Township Committee is also scheduled to vote that night on adoption of a final budget.

Here is the current agenda for the Bernards Township Committee meeting scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on March 28 in the courtroom/main meeting room of town hall at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.


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