HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant unveiled the district budget for the 2020-21 school year at the monthly Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 30 via Periscope. It is the second BOE meeting held online. Upwards of 100 people were online for the meeting.

Highlights include

  • Expanding the Computer Science programs, offering additional elective and expanding the number of Business classes;
  • American Sign Language will return to the middle school;
  • Continuing to develop and implement Readers and Writers Workshop in the elementary schools;
  • Expanding Google Classroom capabilities.

Unlike last year, all projects are on hold for the immediate future due to the pandemic.

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The total budget for the 2020-21 school year is $36,711,735. The majority of the expenditure is Instruction at $11,718,777, or 31.92%. Special Education is budgeted at $8,962,472, or 24.41%. Employee benefits is 15.16% of the budget, or $5,564,215. The full budget will be posted on the district's website.

The majority of the school funding, 85.20%, is through borough taxes.

The final portion of the budget presentation addressed the impact of residents. In the example, a residence which is assessed on $374,900 (which is an average assessed value in the borough), the property taxes would increase approximately $174.25 per year, or $14.56 per month (2.56%.)


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