School Budget Relief?


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This year’s school budget may not be as bad as feared. Since the Board of Education issued a grim note in February, the state has come through with a bit of aid for Verona. At $345,000, it’s not anywhere near what we used to get–Verona’s aid has been slashed by more than $1 million in the past two years–but it’s better than last year, when we got just $70,000.  (If you want the full picture on how  messed up things are for suburban taxpayers and public education, read this masterful column by Paul Mulshine of the Star Ledger.)

This year’s preliminary budget, which has been submitted to the Essex County Executive Superintendent of Schools, is $27,158,147, down from $27,509,425 last year. In a letter dated Monday, Superintendent Charles Sampson says that Verona identified cuts totaling $250,000 to meet the state-imposed 2% cap.

The Board will formally present the budget at its March 29 meeting. The school budget goes to a vote on April 27.

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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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