Montclair Schools Eye $5M Budget Cut


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Montclair's Board of Education office
Montclair's Board of Education office

We don’t yet know how big the school budget cut will be in Verona, but it’s a safe bet it won’t be anywhere near as large as what Montclair school officials have put on the table.

According to the Star Ledger, Montclair needs to close a gaping $5.1 million budget hole, and is proposing the elimination of more than 60 jobs and several programs to do so. Last week, the school board has asked Montclair’s 1,000-member school employees union to renegotiate its contract, and was met with a flat refusal. Salaries and benefits account for 83% of Montclair’s budget, the story notes. What does the union chief want cut? School sports.

Stay tuned.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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