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State Aid Flat for Wayne School District

Several districts in Passaic County see a bump in aid, but Wayne's award holds at just less than $3.8M.

The Wayne Public School District will receive exactly the same amount of state aid as it did last year, slightly less than $3.8 million.

The state Department of Education released aid figures Thursday afternoon, two days after Gov Chris Christie delivered his budget address to the state Legislature. Wayne will receive $3,784,000 in aid. 

Officials are in the middle of refining the district's 2013-14 budget. The $132.2 million tax levy, which is still being finalized, could raise the average homeowner's school taxes  by $205 if the budget is approved and all district programs and services remain as is. The district also is facing a $2.4 million budget shortfall should the status quo remain year over year, officials have said.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez could not be reached for comment.

Passaic County school districts will receive $733.6 million, or about $5.8 million more, than they received last year.

Ten Passaic County school districts will receive more aid this year than last year. Aid to eight districts, including Passaic County Technical School and the Passaic Valley Regional School District, remains flat. 

"Throughout my time in office I have continuously argued that in order to grow New Jersey’s economy we must invest in education, and my proposed budget is a reflection of my commitment to our educational system and communities in Passaic County and across the state," Christie said in a news release. "The $5.8 million increase to Passaic County districts is part of a bold budget that continues to prioritize education and funds schools at the highest levels in New Jersey’s history."

There will be a special public work session about the district's 2013-14 budget at Wayne Valley High School March 14 at 7 p.m. 

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

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raised in wayne March 01, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Maybe the BOE could vote to give you a half-year sabbatical, with full pay and benefits, so you could go back to school... Since this is in the teachers' contracts and the taxpayers are footing the bill for them, why not? Maybe the BOE can also absorb any increase in benefit contributions incurred by the taxpayers...
Pad March 01, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Well, Maybe Wayne's BOE budget should remain flat with 0% increase and give the taxpayers a break for a change. Stop spending on office renovations, hiring and unneeded programs. Some cuts should be made on the administration level also. Wayne is very top heavy compared to other districts.
Nose Wayne March 01, 2013 at 11:12 PM
But as long as we have us "rich folk" here in suburban Wayne paying for them "poor folk" in urban Paterson, we will never see a change in state aid.And Pad, you and I both NOSE you will never see a 0% raise in the budget. Remember, we're all "rich folk" here.
Al Scala March 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Just read something that based on the funding required by the New Jersey Funding Formula, Wayne should have received $7,992,233, strictly based on the formula. We received $3,784,984, a shortfall of $4,207,249. Most of the towns were short changed as well. I wonder if there is an appeal process? That could be a double edged sword for future funding.
Justice March 04, 2013 at 08:48 PM
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/03/public_newark_schools_eliminat.html#incart_most-comments Newark gets rid of Administrators. Wayne BOE needs to also.

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