RARITAN TWP., NJ – Campus security gets special attention in the $62.93 million Hunterdon Central High School 2018-2019 draft budget that will be subject to a public hearing April 30.

The spending plan includes a $52.599 million tax levy. That’s the amount to be raised from the regional school district’s local property taxes.

How close is that to the state-mandated annual 2 percent budget cap? It’s just $1.08 below, Business Administrator Gymlyn Corbin told the school board at its March 19 meeting.

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State aid is up 4.59 percent over last year to $5.83 million. The cost of debt service is down .7 percent to $2.2 million.

Security improvements include rekeying doors campus-wide; expanding use of hand-held radios; adding three additional security officers/duty release aides; and updating the school’s card access system. The door project is projected to cost $593,000.

New instructional programs include an in-house autism program and a robotics program. Planned new capital projects for this school year include $250,000 for new dividers and mat hoists for the fieldhouse; $227,500 for HVAC in the IT/Server room; $900,000 for roof replacements at the 9/10 auxiliary gym and 700s building; and $1 million for parking lot repaving and drainage improvements to parking at the Commons and parking Lot “A.”

As with many schools in Hunterdon, enrollment is declining. Projected enrollment for the budget period is 2,888. That’s a decrease of 93 students, or 3.11 percent, from last school year.