LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Board of Education approved a $113.65 million budget, a spending plan that adds teachers, technology and textbooks. The budget was approved following a public hearing on Monday by a vote of 4-1, with board member Art Altman dissenting.

Highlights include the purchase of textbooks to enhance math and Social Studies curriculum, and hiring teachers at the high school to reduce class size. There is also investment in technology, professional development, and in-district programs for students with special needs.

School leaders say the budget represents their goals to create an educational spending plan that prepares students for college, career and life, and preserves a tradition of academic excellence for all students.

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The Executive County Superintendent of Schools previously approved Livingston’s tentative spending plan, which will increase taxes by $283 on the average home in Livingston valued at $600,000.

See a copy of the user-friendly budget on the LPS website by clicking HERE.

Included within the line items: 

  • Additional staff at LHS to reduce class sizes.
  • In-class support for World Language at LHS.
  • Extensive curriculum work including work focused on the new science standards.
  • Purchase of Algebra 1 textbooks.
  • Purchase of Elementary Math textbooks, grades three to five.
  • Purchase of Social Studies textbooks, grade seven.
  • New Behavioral Disabilities Program for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.
  • New Secondary Course offerings: Classical Foundations of Western Civilization and Digital Computing Tools. 

  • Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) shared between LHS and Heritage.
  • Technology upgrades including enhanced infrastructure and new devices.
  • Air conditioning in the gymnasiums at Mt. Pleasant Middle, Burnet Hill, Collins, Harrison, and Hillside elementary schools (project makes use of state grant to pay 40 percent).