HACKENSACK, NJ -- An emergency Board of Education meeting held this morning proved fruitless, as the Board failed for the second time this week to muster the necessary support to pass a budget.

The school budget now goes to the Acting Bergen County School Superintendent, who is likely to approve it. 

Hackensack city voters will have the opportunity to vote on the budget as usual during the April 16th school board election. The proposed budget totaled $126.5M. The controversy over the budget is directly related to the defeat of the January $170M school referendum, which was overwhelmingly rejected by voters. 

Because the proposed budget included nearly $2M for new school construction, several Board members refused to support it.