Berkeley Heights Board of Education adopts tentative budget of $52 million


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Board of Education adopted a tentative budget for 2017-18 of $52,230,185 during its meeting on Thursday, March 9. Of that amount, $41,927,960 will have to be raised by taxes, which will increase school taxes on the average home by $124.

The budget allows the district to continue to make investments that further its Strategic Plan in the following areas:  Curriculum Enhancements: Safety and Security; Technology and Facilities.

The budget includes, among other things, funds for the district to:
* Replace the track and turf field at the high school
* Add secure vestibules at each school, upgrade security cameras and installation of keyless entry systems
* Purchase iPad Air2s for sixth to eighth grade students, begin a third to fifth grade initiative using a Chromebook
* Replace one 54-passenger bus and other equipment for field maintenance

Sign Up for E-News

The $53.2 million budget is broken into three types of expenditures: General Fund - $49,339,112; Special Revenue - $652,998 and debt service of $2,238,075.  Revenues totaling $10,302,225 come from three areas: General Fund - $9,055,590; Special Revenue of $652,998 and debt service - $593,637. That leaves a total of $41,927,960, to be raised by taxes: $40,283,522 - General Fund and $1,644,438 - Debt Service.

In the area of revenue, state aid remains the same as last year at $1,197,251, while a total of $970,000 will be used from the district's Capital Reserve, leaving a balance of $230,000. Tuition is down $356,943 mainly due to a decline in enrollment from Mountainside. There is $197,880 left from "unspent funds from the previous year," according to a chart displayed at the meeting.

Last year's projected revenue was just shy of $48 million, but was adjusted because of additional revenue from Extraordinary Aid and Carryover expenses totaling $458,772, making the actual revenues $48,444,895. This year's anticipated revenue is $49,339,112 - $1,352,939 more than last year's anticipated revenue.  

The average assessed home in the township is assessed at $311,000 said Superintendent Judith Rattner. The owner of the average home would have seen his school tax bill increase by $152 had there not been an increase of $7 million in ratables in the township.

The tax levy represents a 2.69% increase which includes a "banked cap of $271,129," according to the chart.  There is still some banked cap left which "We will be able to carry it over to the next year," said Board Administrator Donna Felezzola.

A copy of the budget presentation is to be uploaded onto the School District's website. It was not there at the time this story was published.

Now that the tentative budget has been approved it will be sent to the Executive County Superintendent for review. The board will know if it was approved by March 20. The board will vote to adopt the final budget at its meeting on April 27. 


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Union County, Sunday, July 8

June 24, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of Shakespeare in the Park this summer. The first performance will be presented on Sunday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade in Linden.

The Shrew Mechanicals Troupe from The Shakespeare Theatre of New jersey will present an hour long performance of “Powerful Trouble,” a stirring ...

Imagine Hosts Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

Nearly 350 guests attended Imagine’s 7th annual breakfast fundraiser, Seasons of Hope, on June 6th, 2018 at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.  “We especially want to thank our breakfast sponsors -- our platinum sponsor Merck, our bronze sponsors ConnectOne Bank and Northfield Bank, the volunteers and donors that contributed to the breakfast” said Imagine Board ...

Local at-risk youth celebrate year of achievements at Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU) last night celebrated the achievements of a number of at-risk youth who are members of the agency's Transitional Opportunities Program (TOP). Each of these youth are within New Jersey's child services system and faced a number of life challenges before coming to CAU and TOP and since then have made significant progress in plotting a brighter future with ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that plastic bags and other excluded items cannot be recycled through their local curbside pick-up programs.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate compared to other counties in our state, and we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Every ...

Missing in North Plainfield: Have You Seen Angel?

June 21, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Have you seen Angel?

Angel is a seven year old black and white Husky last seen near Westervelt Ave. and Manning Ave. on June 16. Her family says she is very friendly. 

If found, call Andrea at  888-466-3242.


Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 21, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, June 24, 7:00 AM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Pet Supply Drive at the Summit YMCA to Benefit ...

Giving Back


Sun, June 24, 10:00 AM

eMedical Urgent Care, Berkeley Heights

eMedical Urgent Care to Hold Free Teddy Care ...

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness


Mon, June 25

Summit YMCA, Summit

June 2018 College Tour



Mon, June 25, 7:00 AM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Pet Supply Drive at the Summit YMCA to Benefit ...

Giving Back

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM


Kids' Critter Camp


Mon, June 25, 10:00 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Summer Reading Kick-Off: Eyes of the Wild

Arts & Entertainment

What's Hot and What's Not

Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...