Dear WMTPS Community,
Last night, the Board of Education re-approved the 2018-2019 school budget with a reduction of $816,489. Below is a brief summary of events:
- During October and November of 2017, the District Administration met to craft a budget for each school and department.
- During January and February of 2018, the Board of Education worked in committee to develop a fiscally conservative budget.
- On February 20, 2018, the Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss the budget.
- On March 15, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Education informed us that our state aid for the 2018-2019 school year would be $15,012,248.
- On March 20, 2018, the Board of Education approved the Preliminary 2018-2019 Budget. This budget was sent to the Passaic County Executive County Superintendent’s Office.
- On April 10, 2018, the Preliminary Budget was approved by the County Office.
- The District then published copies of our budget in local newspapers including The Record, The Trends, and The West Milford Messenger and advertised for our Public Hearing on the Budget.
- On April 24, 2018, the Board of Education held its annual Public Hearing on the Budget and the budget was approved by the Board of Education. This budget included staff layoffs in multiple categories including administration, teachers, secretaries, custodians, etc.
- Prior to the statutory deadline of May 15, the Board of Education rehired staff for the 2018-2019 school year. These hires were based, in large part, on the state aid figure of $15,012,248.
- On July 11, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Education, notified the West Milford Township Public Schools that our state aid for 2018-2019 will be lowered to $14,195,759, a reduction of $816,489.
- On July 24, 2018, the Board of Education re-approved the adjusted 2018-2019 school budget in the lower amount.
Although we do not yet have specific numbers, we are anticipating additional – and larger – cuts in state aid over the next six budget years.
Alex Anemone, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools