MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Board of Education passed their tentative 2017-2018 budget at their March 21 regular meeting.

There were few surprises as Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar had already discussed the budget at their Feb. 21 regular meeting. State funding figures have been received by administration and deemed to be similar to other years.

It was revealed that five elementary school-level teaching positions have been eliminated as part of the budget: three at Cedar Hill, one at William Mason and one at Woodmont. However, one class at the fifth-grade level will be added at Woodmont school and two Spanish teachers will be hired.

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The capital improvements budget was small this year, Rovtar said, because of the referendum vote the district will undertake in September. This referendum was outlined by TAPinto Montville here and here. Figures for the cost of these improvements have not been released, pending state notification of grant approvals towards the projects.

The total budget was $74,695,136, an increase of $1,086,505 or 1.48% from last year.

As for the tax rate, District Administrator James Tevis stated for the average assessed home value of $528,093, the tax impact will be an increase of $149.

The budget was submitted to the county superintendent for approval, Tevis said. It can be viewed as a powerpoint presentation here. The final budget will be approved on May 2.

PARCC as Graduation Requirement

During committee reports, Board Member Mike O’Brien stated the NJ Assembly had passed a resolution, ACR215, to stop the use of PARCC (state testing) as part of the graduation requirement. However, a resolution is not a law. The resolution has not been heard in State Senate committee.

High School News

The Montville Township High School Forensics team participated in a district tournament that found Andrew Sun-Yan placing first in Lincoln-Douglas debate, Christine Sun placing fourth in Domestic Extemp, and Kevin Mao placing third in International Extemp. Sam Brumer semi-finaled in Big Questions Debate. These students will advance to the national competition, along with Sean Taltavall for Congress, and Alan Lai, Devin Leonard and Ravi Upadhya for World Schools Debate.

The students competed at National History day regionals at Kean University on March 18. Thirty-five students were recognized for their achievement and will be advancing to the state competition.