Budget Introduced at Springfield Board of Education Meeting

Board of Education Credits: Ellen Dickson
Business Administrator Matt Clarke presents the budget Credits: Ellen Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Business Administrator Matthew Clarke presented the budget that was fleshed out in January and  revised during two budget meetings in February. Meetings also occurred with the Superintendent’s cabinet where one, three and five year projections are made. The public meeting for the budget presentation will be April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the IMC at Jonathan Dayton High School. 

Enrollment is reviewed at all times especially in May and June.  Currently, the enrollment is projected  to grow an additional 25 students for the upcoming year. The proposed budget will increase  $1.2 million causing the local tax levy related to education to increase 1.97 percent. State aid will see an increase up to $1,752,093. The net tax increase on a home assessed at $100,000 will be $78.10 resulting in a total budget submitted at $43,254,154.

The Capital budget will include the improvement to room 22 to retrofit for culinary arts. Switch upgrades to the network at the High School. The engineering room for students  taking advantage of new engineering course additions will be completed. The weight room will be upgraded to be a yoga studio etc.

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Ratables have dropped by $3.6 million dollars forcing the actual dollar amount per assessment to increase. A decline in ratables is often the result of tax appeals and business closings.

The Superintendent during his report announced that the "Student Art Show" will be rescheduled due to the numerous snow storms.  In the event of more snow days, days will have to be taken away from spring break.  School.Board President Scott Silverstein made a motion that the Superintendent be given the power to decide which days will be taken away from spring break to make up for snow days. If the motion was not made a special meeting of the Board would have to take place to approve the decision.

Under New Business a resolution was read stating that the suit with the Spektor family has been dismissed. The students have been voluntarily removed from the schools.

The high school's spring musical Cinderella was discussed and there were many comments made about how the production quality was enhanced by the improvements to the auditorium. is Springfield’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPSpringfield.

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