Board Slashes $2.5 Million From Proposed Budget, Lowers Tax Increase to $127

Won't cut hockey, gymnastics programs;

The school portion of the average homeowner’s taxes might only increase $127 after the Board of Education decided Monday to cut more than $2.5 million out of the district’s proposed 2012-2013 budget.

The $127 represents less than a 2 percent increase for the average homeowner. The previous amount of the increase .

“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,” said board President Donald Pavlak Jr.

The board had to get the annual increase below a 2-percent state-mandated cap. Trustees to move the annual school board election to November. In doing so, they also agreed to take away the public’s right to vote on the tax levy and must keep the budget below the annual 2-percent incrase cap.

Board trustee Robert Ceberio said he would like to get the increase down to approximately $116.

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 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.

Dozens of athletes and parents from both sports attended the meeting. They left after the board announced the programs would not be eliminated.

Peter Beckwermert, a member of the Wayne Hills Ice Hockey Association, said that parents pay approximately $750 out of pocket so their children can play. The fee helps to pay for renting rink time at the . Coaches and volunteers raise approximately $300 per player to help pay for other expenses.

“We would have hated to see the program be cut,” said Peter Beckwermert, a member of the Wayne Hills Ice Hockey Association. “It has become a community”

The board will approve the district’s final budget at a special meeting March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the .

Wayne's World March 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Why are we hiring anyone from the Paterson school system if we are to be taken seriously as a top 20% school system?
Rob Burke March 28, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Has anyone filed an opra request for the pr firms contract and for any records in the posession of the pr firm related to this engagement, such as email postings?
Al Scala March 28, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Wyckoff school system just approved their school budget. The average home in Wyckoff is valued at $811,800 which is well above the Wayne average value. Their increase.......$56, and that's on a home valued at $811,800. Now I know some smart ass is going to say...Well why don't you move to Wyckoff then? If I could afford to live in Wyckoff, do you think I'd be living in Wayne?
Wayne's World March 28, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Al - I'm scraping together the funds to live in Wyckoff. It's a matter of two years max for me. A few years ago, the premium to live in Wyckoff in a similar house was about 20-25% above Wayne. Now, that gap has shrunk to about 10-15%. Wyckoff's takes are roughly 60% of what Wayne is, so that makes up a decent chunk of the gap on a monthly mortgage payment. When you factor the property tax savings in, you are running just about 10% higher in Wyckoff than Wayne. Wyckoff also smartly banded together with Franklin Lakes and Oakland for their high school system. Ramapo and Indian Hills are ranked considerably higher than Wayne, which unfortunately has slipped to about #41 for WH and #60 for WV (totally unacceptable). Basically, a better school system for about half the tax money. Obviously, the town's appeal includes that it has retained some small-town character and a leafy, safe suburban character. I loved Wayne, but between the taxes and the soul-selling, I think I am going to throw in the towel.
Al Scala March 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Wayne's World....good for you! Hope you get to Wyckoff in two years or so.It's a real nice town and their school system has a wonderful reputation as being a very fine system.
Chicken Little March 28, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Al, The BOE did post the real tax increase, including the debt service. It was explained at the two budget meetings at Hills and Valley. (I don't know if it was discussed at the 3/26 meeting at Anthony Wayne, as I did not attend). With regard to the PR firm, if I recall it correctly, the firm was only approved to June 30. If so, this is not a large sum of money. I have been reading these posts now for the past few weeks. I don't chime in all that often. Al, you sound to me more and more like a disgruntled heckler, along with Pam Roz, Pad, Justice, and a few others, and I don't think you really know what you are talking about half the time. (The only "regular" poster I find worth paying attention to is Rob Burke, who seems to know what he is talking about.) Most of the other postings amount to little more than noise, and not very helpful. Also, I really don't understand why you hate the BOE so much. I have never seen such venom (not just from you) spewed at volunteers.
Chicken Little March 28, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Al, Once again, you are factually wrong. (And extremely brash as you go about it). They DID mention the overall budget figure, and specifically explained that the cuts are to the proposed tax levy (to get at or under the 2% cap). The business administrator, Petty, pointed this out during the presentations at the highschools. It has also been printed in the Wayne Today.
Chicken Little March 28, 2012 at 03:04 PM
You should take a trip to Livingston, and see what they did. Beautiful shops, and high end condos.
Rob Burke March 28, 2012 at 03:12 PM
@CL -- Thanks for your compliment. Did you know that the BOE has for a long time been viewed as under Rumana's dominion and control? Did you know that James Jiminez, now a Councilboob, allegedly threatened another BOE member (a woman) to 'step outside to the parking lot' to settle a difference of opinion? And that Ceberio and the other men on the BOE and in the room at the time, allegedly sat there and laughed? I mention this only because of your comment that these folks are volunteers. They really aren't. Rumana's BOE is an incubator -- its the pool from which Councilboobs and Mayors of Boobville are chosen. The list is quite long.
Al Scala March 28, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Chicken Little.....the $127 increase DOES NOT include debt service. Yes, the PR firm was only hired to June....that's correct. Why such a short stint? Because it's called spinning. If you can't see it, don;t get down on me because I can. I demand transparency, not some BS which is being spun to their political advantage. I could care less what you want to call me or consider me. I'm not going to tolerate wasteful spending, lack of transparency, and the political nature of this board. I don't hate anybody on the BOE. I just want them OUT! Our 2 highschools have dropped in state ratings. our test scores are moving in the wrong direction and you want to be the police for the BOE. Be my guest! I've held public elected office and fortunately have some experience in this STUFF. I'll continue to post as I see fit. If it doesn't meet with your approval, don't read it!
Chicken Little March 28, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Al, You say our high schools dropped in the state ratings. Didn't they move UP?
Wayne's World March 28, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The schools were historically ranked as high as the mid-teens (going back about 20 yrs or so), and, more recently, firmly in the low 30's. In recent years, according to NJ Monthly magazine, the rankings have slipped considerably. While WH rebounded a bit to get back to 41 in the last poll, WV fell to 61st (out of 320 or so) public schools in the state. Rankings only have so much utility but I would expect it to be unacceptable for Wayne, for the money spent and the tradition it has, to have either of its high schools ranked below #32. We MUST be in the top 10% of the state if we want our town to continue to enjoy its relative prestige and property values. Property values are tied to the perceived prestige of a town. There are three main components: 1) a direct train line into Manhattan (which we do not have); 2) excellent schools and 3) a downtown shopping district. Tax rates are affected by amount of business revenue the tax collector gets, but residential property values are driven primarily by those three things. It's why Ridgewood, Chatham, Summit, Westfield, Red Bank, Princeton, etc. have such high values - they have all three criteria. We can't do much about our crappy train line. With some innovation, we CAN create a walkable downtown concept. We DO control the school system however, and it's a shame about the decline. It's still good, but I wouldn't consider it top-tier at this point.
Justice March 28, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Well...all these screen names spouting the same rhetoric in the same manner. If not the PR firm, then the same group who used the same tactics prior to the last election. Free speech... Free Press...Not so free BOE and Council
Al Scala March 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Rob.....we should sit with chicken little and enlighten him on the ways of the BOE and town council.He doesn't, seem to know the half of it. He needs to lose his virginity relative to the ways of the world in Wayne,Nj.Thanks for clarifying him about the political nature of our BOE and the Rumana connection. By the way, I will be making an OPRA request to get the PR contract as well as my common law right for access
Al Scala March 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Cl...If you can find the overall budget number in the above article, please point it out to me. Nothing is mentioned about the overall figure. Don,t see how I can be factually wrong.
Chicken Little March 28, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Al See the initial article when the board approved the preliminary budget.
life long wayne gal March 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Couple of things your agenda misses Al and Justice and Pad - Wycoff is one town of 4 towns in one district. You cannot compare Wayne and Wycoff. Wycoff shares much of its resources with other towns which lessens the taxes. Al - You spout your opinion as fact. I would like to know if you have any credentials to back this up. Obviously, you do not have any educational experience. To be frank, I would like to know if you are a parent and what stake you have in the schools district because it seems like you do not care what happens to the schools as long as your bottom line is not touched. Yes, the PR company isn't what I want but do not punish the students by cutting programs because you are angry with a PR company. Do not devastate my property values because you are angry with someone on the Board. This district does more with less money than the average district. You can say we spend too much per kid but that does not make it true... especially when the facts show the exact opposite. We spend less. Look at the report card. Our teachers and administration does more with less and do it well. Invest in the schools because that is what is saving your property values and our future generation.
life long wayne gal March 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Justice - I am not from the PR company. I don't like them. I think they are a waste of money but I am NOT going to make my children suffer because of a PR company. Stop cutting off your nose. And your "justice" seems to only serve you and two other miserable people on this sounding board. I am disgusted that you would sacrifice the school district and your property values for a lousy couple of bucks.
Al Scala March 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
life long Wayne girl...I spew the facts as presented. I don,t make them up out of thin air. MY credentials is I,m involved. I go to meetings, listen and ask questions. I read the agendas and make it a point to try and know what is going on with our system.My wife is a teacher in the system, so I am well aware about doing without. I,m not looking to cut programs. Im looking to cut waste like this PR firm and other frivolous expenses that I know about and possibly you don"t.I'd rather see this money wasted put back into the budget for supplies or programs.
Al Scala March 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
life long Wayne girl...I spew the facts as presented. I don,t make them up out of thin air. MY credentials is I,m involved. I go to meetings, listen and ask questions. I read the agendas and make it a point to try and know what is going on with our system.My wife is a teacher in the system, so I am well aware about doing without. I,m not looking to cut programs. Im looking to cut waste like this PR firm and other frivolous expenses that I know about and possibly you don"t.I'd rather see this money wasted put back into the budget for supplies or programs.
Pad March 29, 2012 at 01:22 AM
More then 105 million go for salaries, pensions and benefits. That leaves about 25 million for everything else. There are too many six figure administrators in this town. Positions are created for certain people and the last two Super's left with a fianancial windfall. The last one not even here a year. The BOE states he retired but funny he is working in a neighboring town. The BOE constantly lies to the taxpayers about what goe's on at Nellis Drive. We have a right to know just how much these two robber barons left with. If he decided to retire and break his contract he should have left with nothing. But the retirement story isn't the truth and the BOE won't tell the real story. This is what makes the taxpayer's irate. The new Super already brought in a friend for six figures and I know someone that she has offered a job to in Wayne. The Super Scam is nothing but friends taking care of thier friends and we are paying for it. There needs to be a full independant investigation of the Wayne BOE and its fianance's.
Justice March 29, 2012 at 06:33 AM
llwg ....NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.....you sound like someone from the outsourced companies that are located overseas...you don't understand the nuances of the English language and speak accordingly..you have STOLEN American jobs...I don't know who you are...I don't like you...stop personalizing all the comments and finally go play with yourself...
life long wayne gal March 29, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Justice - It is funny because I was born in Wayne and I have lived here my whole life - well over 50 years. We must stop this back and forth. The fact is I assumed you were an angry man sitting behind a computer brewing conspiracy theories about how everyone is out to get him. Maybe I am wrong. Pad and Al - many of the things you do not like are things that anger me too. However, I am not going to throw out teachers and programs because I do not like the salaries and positions of a few. I am not going to make the children suffer because I do not like a PR company. Again, do not cut off your nose. The fact is salaries make up the bulk of MOST budgets for MOST operations, educational or otherwise. But if you want the best doctor, you pay him or her well. If you want the best lawyer, you shell out the big bucks. But if a teacher wants to be paid for his or her services, we scream that they do not love the children or they are getting too much. I want well educated, intelligent, motivated people working for my district. If I have to pay, I will pay. Go to the board. Tell them to stop cutting programs. Tell them to stop increasing class sizes. Tell them to fire the PR company. The few dollars you will save when you cut vital educational programs, teachers, and classes are NOT worth it.
Wayne Parent March 29, 2012 at 07:21 PM
When you say this "As far as per pupil cost ours is pretty high" when I posted the actual numbers above showing that Wayne spends LESS per pupil than the state average. I dont know if i should read anything else you are saying.
Wayne Parent March 29, 2012 at 07:27 PM
So...if people disagree with you there is something sinister going on. Maybe, just maybe, people think that what you are proposing will destroy our schools.
Wayne Parent March 29, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Life Long Wayne Gal is my new favorite poster on this board.
Wayne Parent March 29, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Wayne Parent March 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
And for the record...I like Al's input. Justice however...scares me.
Wayne Parent March 29, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Applause. (And add in full day kindergarten...as we are one of the last districts in the state to get on board with the 21st century).


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