HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights will receive an additional $312,561 in state aid for the 2017-2018 school year the Board of Education announced at a special meeting on July 31. The district was advised by the state on July 14 about the revision in state aid.
The money will be split evenly between tax relief and appropriations, with school appropriations increasing $156,280, while $156,281 will be applied to tax relief in the municipal budget.
"I believe this is the first time in Hasbrouck Heights history that the Board of Education has given money back to the community,” said School Superintendent Dr. Matthew Helfant. “This action was only made possible by the collaborative effort between the BOE, Mayor and Council.”
“It’s the first time in recent history that money is going back to the town in tax relief,” School Board President Joseph Samperi said. “And we’re appropriating the additional funds for security, technology maintenance, and other areas.”
Helfant credited the collective efforts of the Board, Mayor, Council and community in getting the extra funds.
“The Mayor has been very instrumental in working with legislators,” Helfant said. “I believe the efforts of community to write the letters (to the state representatives) has been beneficial because the pressure stayed on at the right time”
Hasbrouck Heights is receiving extra state aid because of an adjustment to the funding formula that was included in the recently signed state budget.
Senate President Steve Sweeney offered an adjustment to the funding formula that takes money from over-funded districts and gives to those that are underfunded, based on school enrollment, and Governor Chris Christie agreed to sign the budget with the changes.
“It’s just for this year. That’s important to note.” said Helfant.