JERSEY CITY, NJ - After getting significant criticism, the Jersey City Board of Education voted to put off giving a two percent raise to the district’s highest paid administrators.

The board unanimously voted on June 25 to table the annual contract renewal for three assistant superintendents and the district business administrator. The raises would have come at a time when the district is proposing possible layoffs and furloughs to fill a massive budget gap.

With the district, facing massive cuts in state aid – which may even be steeper when the state budget is passed in October, Board members voted to approve the $736 million budget that includes raising local school taxes by $53 million.

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Board President Lorenzo Richardson said the board is investigating every possible avenue for saving money while still retaining a quality education for its students.

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