BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ There’s another change for the Bernards Township Board of Education meeting, which has been delayed a week until 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18. The location has also been changed to the Cedar Hill School on 100 Peachtree Road, next to the district administration building.
The rescheduling of the meeting date also gives the BOE and school officials more time to ponder what might be an increase of almost $500,000 in state aid for this year's school budget.
Governor Phil Murphy delivered his fiscal year 2020 budget address to the state Legislature on Tuesday, March 5. The state released state aid figures to schools late Thursday.
A proposed $206.2 million statewide would include increases in formula state aid for 368 districts, according to state figures. Bernards Township would be one of them.
If the state budget approved, the district would see an increase of $470,965, or 11.2 percent more, in formula aid. The district would get $4,666,622, compared to $4,195 for the current school year’s budget.
However, a statement from the N.J. School Boards Association noted that "197 districts would experience decreases in state funding from current-year amounts, with cuts of 2.5 percent or more in 142 and 5 percent or more in 93 districts."
The board had voted on Feb. 25 to delay the school board meeting scheduled for March 11 by another week, in order to be in better position to make changes to a proposed 2019-20 school budget. The local school budget must be delivered to the county executive superintendent of schools for review by Wednesday, March 20.
Last year, Bernards Township funded most of its total budget of $103.1 million school budget with $89.7 million that was raised from local property taxes.
The Bernards Township school board also changed its May schedule to accommodate Superintendent Nick Markarian, who will be away. The board moved up the May 20 meeting by one week and now has meetings on back-to-back Mondays, May 6 and 13. Both will be in the Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.