NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Education passed the $70 million 2018-2019 Budget with only two members of the public in the audience and no public comment related to the budget. Those attending the meeting were primarily people affiliated with the school district.
Nutley Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Julie Glazer, told those assembled that the planning started in June of 2017. The budget is "not that significantly different" from last year explained Glazer. She then explained that the district arrived at this budget through a zero-based, needs-based strategy. Work on "next year's budget starts tomorrow" said Glazer at the May 7 meeting.
Glazer acknowledged the TREP$ program sponsored by Windheim Plumbing and the Nutley Educational Foundation. Special recognition was given to resident Bezie Hindistan who brought the program to Nutley, and Kent Bania in the district The United Club of Nutley High School was recognized for organizing a student meeting regarding school security. The United Club was recently profiled it the student run news service "'Maroon and Gray.' Club Spotlight: NHS United Club
In the superintendent's report, it was noted that as of May 7, Kindergarten enrollment was about 50 students ahead of last year. Kindergarten sections at Spring Garden and Yantacaw schools are closed to new students.
Two residents spoke during the public comment portions of the May 7 meeting. Ralph Chimento asked about cuts to freshman sports at the high school and security.
Dr. Glazer explained that freshman sports are not being cut. There are talks about combining some of the sub-varsity teams so that more students will be afforded the chance to participate in sports.
Nutley Board of Education President Danny Carnicella explained that the security study, being led by the Department of Homeland Security, is not back yet. They are finalizing the study and will have an in-depth conversation at the May 21 Board of Education meeting.
Resident Teri Quirk asked about details on recent policy changes in the district. She was told that there are tabs about them on the digital copy of the agenda on the Nutley Public Schools website.
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