PLAINFIELD, NJ - The amount of state aid that the Plainfield Public School district will receive was announced on Thursday, and the Board of Education held a special budget meeting to review the numbers with the public.
In opening remarks, Interim Superintendent Ronald Bolandi commended administrators, teachers and the student council for organizing well run programs for National School Walkout Day, calling it a learning experience for the students.
"It makes you feel good when the children stand up for what they feel is not fair in our country."
Bolandi also announced that due to the number of snow days that have been utilized to date, he will make the recommendation to the board to take May 25th back, and the last day of school will be Friday, June 22nd instead of Thursday, June 21st. Graduation would take place at 6 p.m.on June 22nd.
Business Administrator Gary Ottmann then moved on to the budget, reviewing the slides from the presentation he had given on March 6. He reiterated that there was a projected $11 million deficit with no change in state aid.
However, Ottmann said they learned earlier that day that the state will provide Plainfield with $5,772,958, an additional 4.6% in funds, and that will cover almost the entire increase in the district budget.
Ottmann continued, saying that the amount allocated by the state for charter schools was lowered to $11,258 per student from $12,351, a savings of almost $1.8 million. Although charter schools are adding almost 225 students, the state decreased the per pupil amount by almost two percent.
But Bolandi said, "We're still bleeding." He added, "We have to make a better education system" to stem the tide of students leaving for charter schools.
Union County will receive an additional $31,279,351, up +4.7 year over year.
The board will meet next on Tuesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Avenue.