BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The school district didn't ask, but is anyway getting an unexpected $258,000 in state aid for school systems in N.J. considered to be "underfunded," Bernards school officials said on Monday.

Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian said that the amount approved by Governor Chris Christie for certain school districts was considered to be an addition to the school aid for the 2016-17 school budget.

Bernards Township schools received $3.255-million for last year's school budget, as the state's contribution toward a total township school budget of $98.7-million.

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Board President Beverly Cwerner said during Monday's Board of Education meeting that the additional funds for the year had been given to school districts considered by the state to be "underfunded."

School officials have not said yet how the money will be allocated.

Cwerner added she will send the state a thank you letter on behalf of the school district.