MONTVILLE, NJ – District Business Administrator Katine Slunt presented an initial, bullet-point budget presentation at the March 3 Montville Twp. Board of Education meeting, which showed the direction the district is going in for the 2020-2021 school year.

The tentative budget, which must be presented to the county superintendent, included an additional third grade teacher.

“Normally we go through and examine the enrollment that is expected for the upcoming year,” Slunt said, indicating how that decision had been reached. “Then we evaluate how many teaching positions we will need to service the students.”

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New textbooks will be purchased for world language, a new vocabulary series at the elementary schools, two science textbooks at the high school, and two new electives will require textbooks.

Indicating a shift in how services are being provided, basic skills and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs will be expanding in the district, she said. Staff will be shifting from “existing areas” into these programs.

“We will be adding after school programs, particularly at Lazar, to help provide opportunities for students in need to get additional assistance in various areas related to basic skills, ESL and special education,” she said.

Additional presentations will be made available to students and parents district-wide, similar to the stress management and the vaping presentations (read about it here) last year and recently.

Vocational tech will be expanded for special education at the high school, Slunt said.

Lazar Middle School will gain a class III police officer, in the way that the high school already has student resource officer-police officer Scott McGowan and two class III officers who work part-time shifts.

Capital reserve and maintenance reserve-funded projects will include the exterior of the high school and the roof at Woodmont, Slunt said.

The entire budget will be detailed at a special budget meeting to be held Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the high school’s media center. From there the budget will be presented to the county superintendent for approval.

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