BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Bloomfield Board of Education hosted their special Budget Meeting on March 16, with a proposed budget of $129,013,219 on the table for the 2021-22 academic year.

The budget consists of $118,774,317 from the general fund; $7,782,831 in special revenue; and a debt service of $2,456,071.

The budget represents a $10M increase compared to the present years’ school budget.

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Monies from new federal funding totals $4,245,077 – including $3,946,792 for Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Part II; $253,285 for learning acceleration; and $45,000 for mental health supports and services.

Major appropriations increase to a total of $6,164,131 – including new positions ($227,600); summer preK-12 programs for unfinished learning ($370,000); contractual increases district-wide ($1,439,000); special education tuition and support services ($344,808); employee benefits ($1,316,723); charter schools tuition ($166,000); and Bloomfield Middle School HVAC and window replacement ($2,300,000), which will be funded by the general fund ($2.3M) and ESSER II grant ($3.6M).

Residents would see a recommended 2% tax levy increase, totaling $1,504,683.  With additional state aid of $4,124,915; and additional surplus from the prior year of $534,533; the total additional revenue available is $6,164,131.

The household tax impact per $100,000 of assessed value is $26.79.

“The Bloomfield Public School district, a culturally diverse system, is committed through cooperative efforts within an educational community to provide an equal opportunity for all learners to achieve individual success and to be prepared to meet the needs of an evolving society,” stated Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Sal Goncalves.  “The preliminary budget is a continued investment in our students through focused personnel, focused programming to address unfinished learning, improvement to facilities, and a HVAC upgrade and window replacement.”

New curriculum includes Bloomfield Middle School Music Technology 2; Bloomfield High School Music History and Appreciation; Mathematics and Computer Science; Intermediate Coding and Web Coding; and Black and Latino History of the United States from reconstruction to the present.

New Positions include Elementary ELA Interventionist to work with regular education at-risk students in the area of English Language Arts (ELA); a Special Education MD Teacher for elementary school to provide additional support to our special needs population: two custodians at Brookdale and Franklin Schools; and the addition of a third-shift full-time custodian at each school.

New Equipment includes a backhoe loader, lease payment to replace two 54 passenger school buses, and technology interactive presentation boards.

A public hearing on the 2021-22 school budget takes place Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 pm at the Bloomfield High School Library Media Center.