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Tentative School Budget Approved as District Waits on Aid Award

Spending plan includes an average tax increase of $205.

The Board of Education approved the Wayne Public School District’s tentative 2013-14 budget at a meeting Thursday.

The budget, which is still being finalized, includes a $132.2 million tax levy. The average homeowner’s school taxes would increase $205 if the budget were approved.

“If we were to maintain a 2 percent increase cap with the same level of programs, the total cost would exceed the total revenues and we would be looking at shortfall of $2.4 million to maintain the status quo,” said Superintendent Ray Gonzalez.

Budget priorities include supporting professional development to refine the curriculum and implementing a new student information system, and improving the district’s new Parent Portal system.

Other priorities include evaluating the district’s athletics department structure, assessing outsourcing options, which include substitute teachers and transportation. Officials also want to expand the district’s wireless Internet system.

The tentative budget will be sent to the county superintendent of education for review.

The district has yet to find out how much, if any, state aid it will receive. The state is scheduled to inform districts next week. Wayne received $3.8 million last year.

Officials will host another public information session on the budget at Wayne Valley High School on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

The board is scheduled to adopt the final budget at a special meeting March 27.

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Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Hey Justice, I was too young for vietnam unless you would have a 8 to 10 year old in uniform. I'm not entitled, I work hard for everything I have. Plenty of respect for my olders, just not loud mouthed ones that attack me. And you answered my question...you sound like a very bitter man. Pay for my wants??? what do I want? you seem to know everything. I want a good education for my kids. That eduction is paid for from my taxes. If you don't want to pay for school taxes (or taxes in general), then don't. I won't visit you in jail.
Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 09:54 PM
what do you include as "extras" smart guy?
Nose Wayne February 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Seems like some of you are missing the point. I don't think anyone wants to see our kids not get a rightful education. The problem is the "administration" is out of control and is on a spending frenzy with our hard earned tax money that just seems to grow and grow with NOSE ending in sight. Until our "administration" gets a grip and remembers we are in a recession and starts cutting back, it will stay business as usual.
Justice February 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM
You weren't to young for the gulf, Iraq or just plain old service. I am the one attacked for daring to question the exorbitant taxes and choices made by our non ethical trustees. It is my first amendment right to speak but you take offense. I must have pressed your buttons. Be careful the IRS doesn't audit you.
Justice February 25, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Nose. To the point. Well said.
Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Justice - are you the person that the SWAT team surrounded on Indian Road for not paying their taxes? Mind your own business. I never attached you personally, didn't even mention your name. I chose a different career other than the service. Don't attack me for not joining a service. As I said - you are very bitter man, excercise your 1st ammnedment rights, I will do the same.
Justice February 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM
WR. Excessive property taxes are my business. You are the one who attacked me. You called me an idiot. I detect guilt at not having served.
Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Justice - hah, now you are a shrink. And you do appear to be an idiot.
Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 10:26 PM
or below average IQ
Justice February 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM
WR. What is your IQ? Are you a Mensan? Do you even know what that is?
Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Justice, ok, now you have me smiling.
Justice February 25, 2013 at 10:30 PM
WR. You are the one who told leanbean to move to Florida. Insulting all elders
Justice February 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM
WR. Smile your way to Florida and see how great an education your children receive.
Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I suggested to Leanbean (and who assigned you as his advocate) that if he didn't want to pay real estate taxes, Florida has plenty of communities for 55+ for whom their RE taxes do not go to school systems. And an insult to leanbean is an insult to all elders? where is that logic from? If I assume your logic, since I am Gen X, when you insult me, you insult all Gen Xers...makes no sense. jeez, I was only kidding about your IQ, but you might have a real issue. see your doc
Nose Wayne February 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I see by the looks of it we have some very talented people on here. Won't have to stay at a Holiday Inn tonight with all this information I took in today.
Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM
That's why I live in Wayne, good school system. Your arguments are circular
Justice February 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM
WR. No one assigned me as LeanBean's advocate. As a military man, LeanBean can certainly take care of himself without any advocates. However, I will not tolerate any military or elder to be bullied. Simple as that. WR, it was not a suggestion, it was a put down and you know it. Your quote: "Most of the complaining comes from folks that don't currently or never had kids in the school system. They are just not happy about paying any $ for a school system. See Leanbean's comments above." That is a gross assumption on your part without any stats to back that up. It is an insult to those who you directed that comment to. You were not kidding about IQ. You know enough to add lol or expressly indicate if you are kidding. You go see your doc and get those meds filled. Seems like you may need it.
Wayne Resident February 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Ok Justice, clearly you are ignoring logic, common sense and a few other items. Pay your taxes like everyone else, and complain all you want...
Justice February 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM
WR. I have never been audited. Can you say the same?
Wayne Resident February 26, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Sure can genius
Justice February 26, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Took you long enough to do the research.
Wayne Resident February 26, 2013 at 02:14 AM
What. Just finished dinner with family. Kids homework. You at the local bar?
Justice February 26, 2013 at 02:21 AM
You only wish.
Wayne Resident February 26, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Have a good evening.
Justice February 26, 2013 at 02:33 AM
You also
leanbean February 26, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Wayne Resident, I don't need an Advocate. Just incase you didn't see my posting? I'll repost it. @Wayne Resident, I never said I didn't want to pay any $ towards the school system. I just feel what we are paying is out of control. I we have some great teachers in the system. And that cost money. I never said take anything away from the teachers. My point is all the extra staff we have in Admin. And at what cost they are to us. I'll give you an example. Back in the 30's my parents bought a house here in town for $7,500. Today my sister still lives in that house. And pays over $9,000 a year in taxes. Folks on fixed incomes will not be able to stay here in town ! With the taxes going through the roof. Year after year. That is the point I was trying to make
leanbean February 26, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Wayne Resident, Let me give you some history. I never went to college. When I started work it was for $1 an hour. Working part time at the A&P in the Preakness shopping center. Then I went to work in construction for $1.25 an hour. If your father wasn't in a union? You couldn't get into one back the. They were mostly all Father Son unions I got drafted in 1964. After I got out I went back to construction. $2.50 an hour. I forgot to tell you. My pay when I got drafted was $69 a month. 1974 I went to work with Wayne as a Laborer for $6,900 a yr. plus ot. I got a part time job for 11 yrs. to make ends meet tending bar nights. I retired in 2002 because of medical reasons. And I pay my health Ins. every month myself. Being single I paid a higher tax rate. With what I was making with both jobs I could afford to buy a house in Hoffmans Grove. I lost that house and everything in it in 1984's flood. In 1986 I bought a home that came on 2 trailers. It took me a year working nights and weekends tofinish it off. I never had a silver spoon shoved up my but. I always paid my way. But it seems now that you would love to see me lose it all because of the high school taxes. That won't stop going up. Let me make it clear. I don't get a pension like the police do. FAR FROM IT.
Wayne Resident February 26, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Leanbean. I truly do appreciate hearing that. Helps to get some perspective. I wish there was an easy answer. We both live in the same town but both have different needs , wants and uses for our tax $. Believe me the last thing I would want is for you to lose anything.
Nose Wayne February 26, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Very well said bean, I have NOSED you for years and am glad you told people out there what this town was like back in the day and what people earned back then.People think because we grew up during that time we are all living high on the hog. Thanks for the history lesson and setting some people straight bean.
WayneMom February 26, 2013 at 01:29 PM
@ Jack Q - I need to correct you about your comment for all the teaching aids (smart boards, flat panel tv's) that you see in the schools. Most of those are NOT paid for by the BOE. They are paid for by the school PTO's. The individual PTO's have paid thousands and thousands of dollars to keep each school up to date with sound systems, smart boards, tvs, extra computers as well as playgrounds. Wayne Township SHOULD be paying for these items, but the parents are paying DIRECTLY for them.


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