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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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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