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Board Reduces the Number of Credits Required to Graduate

Change is part of a cost-saving measure by the Board of Education.

The Board of Education reduced the number of credits high school students need to graduate from 125 to 135 Monday.

Freshman seminar classes have been eliminated at both high schools. Students will instead take a half a yearlong finance course, as required by state law, and half of a year of study hall.

Those two changes are expected to save the district nearly $344,000 next school year.

Those are just some of the changes the board made to the district’s proposed 2012-2013 budget at a special meeting Monday. The board voted to cut more than .

The proposed tax levy is now $127.3 million, more than $124,000 under the state-mandated 2-percent increase cap.

The school portion of the average taxpayer’s taxes will increase $127, including $2 for the district’s debt service. Debt service is a mortgage payment for the construction of .

Other changes include:

  • The after-school supplemental program at five elementary schools is being eliminated.
  • The kindergarten through fifth grade environmental program is being eliminated.

“You don’t want to cut anything and we had to look at what the impact was of making the cuts, but also the realization that we had to cut the budget,” board President Donald Pavlak Jr. previously said.

The board chose not to cut the high school hockey and gymnastics programs. The hockey program is one of the most expensive extra-curricular activities in the district.

The board will approve the final budget at a special meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the .

Business Administrator Juanita Petty said that money could still be moved around between line items after the budget is approved. Additional special education students could enroll during the school year or a new air conditioning or heating system could be needed in one of the schools.

“Nothing is carved in stone,” Petty said. “This is a prediction of how the money will be spent.”

The district will receive , nearly one-third more than it received last year.

The board has opted not to add an additional $1.7 million in banked cap funds to the budget. The after taxpayers in April.

The board will also not incorporate a $1.8 million increase in health care costs, which could have raised the budget even more.

Justice March 29, 2012 at 08:13 AM
My, my, my.. how the numbers are played. There is absolutely no fiscal responsibility. Unbelievable what is gotten away with on the backs of hard working taxpayers...As the saying goes, spending like drunken sailors (no offense to sailors)...No accountability....Nothing...For the People By the People Of the People...
Pad March 29, 2012 at 09:56 AM
Justice, I agree with you. Its a disgrace how they manipulate the spending and all the BS. This BOE needs a good enema to clean it out. They create, hire and hand out six figure jobs with no end in sight. The new middle school was unneeded. With that came an entire staff, administrators, & support staff. Additions could have been built on the two existing schools. Enrollment is dropping so why a new school? Poorly planned also. One entrance and exit. If there was an emergency that would be a bottleneck. This BOE has to go. The new Super already bringing in his friends to feed at the troff.
Pad March 29, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Oh how about the Buisness Administrator who doesn't even work 5 days a week. Im sure she is also working somewhere else and not from home as they state. Wonder what she makes for her part time job.
maryanne March 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Are you kidding me? Slashing academics for a study hall? Bad job by the Board of Education....most folks move to Wayne for the school district. The word will get around fast that education is no longer a priority in Wayne and our property values will tumble big time. Horrifying!
PainterMan March 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM
How about cutting some bus routes? Elmwood Park just did that and saved $500k.
Justice March 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM
PAD what is the name of the person you are referring to? I believe that you can send a separate message on this site if you dont want to post the name
fboy1932 March 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Privatize busing and use shared services on all vehicle repairs?
Al Scala March 29, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Not a good move. I like saving $, but I think this is a move in the wrong direction.
PainterMan March 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM
It's hard for our family to pay the increased taxe each year, but I don't think the way to fix it is by cutting requirements. I've heard the argument that Freshman Seminar seemed useless, but I'd rather have my kid in a class, doing something, rather than sitting in a study hall of 40+ kids. That's no study hall- that's a free-for-all! Also- if they cut to an 8 period day- that is 4 fewer classes my kids can take over te course of high school. Where us the opportunity to take multiple AP classes then? Or, what about the kid who wants to be a business major or artist?
Al Scala March 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Last year Fair Lawn BOE eliminated 7 custodial positions and hired Aramark Mgmt. Services to perform nightime custodial duties at a savings of 230K for the year. This year they are replacing all of the custodial staff with the exception of a District employed head custodian in each school for a savings of about 450k. Why aren't are BOE trustees looking at something like this? Our system is bigger, we have more schools and could probably save more than they are. Saving 680k /yr could restore a multitude of things to our budget. We shouldn't be reducing the credits to graduate and we should be thinking of a full day kindergarten.
Dory Degen March 30, 2012 at 02:50 PM
This is very disappointing on many levels. The Wayne school system just went down a few notches in quailty.
Chicken Little March 30, 2012 at 03:39 PM
There was no cut in the credits. This news article is incorrect.
Al Scala March 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Chicken Little......when the above atricle was written, the credits were schedueled to be cut. They were restored between the time this article was written and last night's meeting. Glad to see the BOE come to their senses. Too much Ceberio kool aid is not healthy. Affects the brain.

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