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BOE To Discuss School Budget


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The Verona Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 29, will be your first chance to hear about the proposed 2011-2012 school budget, which has been posted on the school system’s Web site.  The total operating budget now stands at 28,404,947, up from 27,509,424 for the 2010-2011 school year. Of that, the general fund tax levy is $27,158,147, which is exactly 2% higher than last year’s levy.

The total could go down a tad as the replacement for Superintendent Charles Sampson, who is leaving in June for Freehold Regional High School, will presumably come in at less than Sampson’s $165,485 base annual salary. (Sampson’s salary is above the state-mandated maximum for a school district the size of Verona’s.) One other bright spot: Employee benefits costs for school personnel are falling modestly, to $4,412,262 from $4,422,626.

The new budget will boost per-pupil spending on classroom instruction to $7,106 from $6,798 for the current year. That brings classroom spending almost all the way back to its level in the 2009-2010 school year.

There will be another BOE meeting on the budget on April 12. The budget, and this year’s two candidates for the BOE, go before the town for a vote on April 27.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
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 Forbes.com. 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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