LIVINGSTON, NJ - According to LPS, a school spending plan for 2015-2016 has been tentatively approved by the Livingston Board of Education, with a budget hearing scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27.
The Executive County Superintendent of Schools is currently reviewing the tentative budget, which was approved 4-1 by local board members, with Arthur Altman dissenting.
The tentative budget includes purchasing textbooks to enhance math and social studies curriculum, and hiring teachers at LHS to reduce class size. There is also investment in technology and in-District programs for students with special needs.
The $113.65 million tentative budget meets a number of goals expressed by school leaders. Those goals include creating an educational spending plan that prepares students for college, career and life, and preserves a tradition of academic excellence for all students.
“I always believe that every generation has a compact with the next to make the world in front of them better than the one they were handed,” said Interim Superintendent Jim O’Neill.
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School leaders will continue to review specific items as budget discussions continue over the next several weeks. The public hearing will be held in the Livingston Public Schools administrative offices, 11 Foxcroft Drive.
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Proposed in the draft budget:
Educational Technologist, a new position to ensure technology is being used effectively
Additional staff at LHS to reduce class sizes
- In-class support for World Language at LHS
- Purchase of Algebra 1 textbooks
- Purchase of Elementary Math textbooks, Grades 3-5
- Purchase of Social Studies textbooks, Grade 7
- New Behavioral Disabilities Program for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.
- Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) shared between LHS and Heritage
- 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)
- New Secondary Course offerings: Classical Foundations of Western Civilization and Digital Computing Tools.
Student achievement is the foundation of educational purpose in Livingston, and school leaders said they believe this budget will continue the District’s long reputation for academic excellence.
The tax impact on Livingston taxpayers has yet to be established. The draft budget falls below the state’s two percent property tax cap. The budget makes use of banked cap that would otherwise expire at the end of the fiscal year.