WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Amid the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 health crisis, the Wood-Ridge Board of Education held its special meeting to introduce the tentative school budget for the 2020-2021 school year by an online video stream.

Upwards of 19 Board members, administrators, and residents were logged on at one point. The meeting even got under way with Board president Albie Nieves leading attendees standing for The Pledge of Allegiance. 

There were three items on the agenda: Resolution to approve the preliminary 2020-2021 school year budget; Approval of the Maximum Travel Reimbursement for the 2020-2021 School Year; and, Approval of the NJSEMI Corrective Action Plan for the 2019-2020 School Year.

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Albies noted with the Board's approval, the district will then send the budget "to the county for approval." The district usually holds a special presentation to the residents on the official budget, but that has yet to be determined.

One of the items included in budget line 620 Budgeted Withdrawal from Capital Reserve Excess Cost & Other Capital Projects, 2020-2021 school year budget, is withdrawal of $30,000 for build out of classrooms at Catherine E. Doyle School.

Board approved the maximum school district travel expenditures in the amount of $25,000 for the 2020-2021 school year.
That does not reflect additional funds which may become available through ESEA, IDEA, and any other special dedicated grants. The annual maximum shall not exceed $1,500 per person. It noted that the maximum school district travel expenditure for the 2019-2020 school year is $25,000 of which $2,831 has been expended to date. 

Two questions came in but were late for the Hearing of Citizens portion. Nieves noted that Superintendent Nicholas Cipriano was available in the Central office to answer parents questions.


Current General Expense (Fund 11)                  $22,164,331
Capital Outlay (Fund 12)                           63,175
Transfer to Charter Schools                           82,589
TOTAL GENERAL FUND                    22,310,095
Special Revenue (Fund 20)                         306,034
Debt Service (Fund 40)                      1,020,300
TOTAL EXPENDITURES/APPROPRIATIONS                    23,636,429








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