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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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Justice February 28, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Could this not be wasted on cronies?
Cathy Kazan February 28, 2013 at 11:22 PM
I would like to know why the budget meeting which the website says is on 3/14 (not 3/7) at Wayne Valley is not being held in the Municipal Building so it can be televised. I hope the poor turnout at the Wayne Hills meeting is more a reflection of the busy lives of residents, than apathy. If it were televised residents could tape it and watch it when they had time. Too many decisions about cuts were made out of the public view last year when the meeting was held at G.W.. This is not transparency.
Pad March 01, 2013 at 12:39 AM
They know exactly what they are doing. There is no reason not to televise the budget meetings. The Wayne BOE needs to be investigated by an outside agency. Thier should be a total disclosure of all funds and expenditures to the taxpayers. They need to keep the budget a 0% increase and give the taxpayers a break fora change. the same at city hall. What goes on at the BOE is literally disgusting. They have total disregard for the taxpayers of this community. Enrollment is dropping but they keep spending. Gonzalez has to go. He brought his friend in, a PR firm etc. We need the truth not damage control from a PR Firm.
Chicken Little March 01, 2013 at 01:00 AM
My guess is that the meetings are likely scheduled at the high schools so that more people can attend than at city hall. These meetings are advertised, but the public doesn't care. Except for the 2 dozen or so who show up (and the other 5 who might be watching at home). This is not a matter of transparency...it IS a matter of apathy. And as you attend many meetings, you should know that. But, as I suggest to others who ask questions such as "Why don't they do it this way, or that way?,") why don't you call the superintendent and ask. Then you can tell us all what he tells you. Residents don't really care, or not enough to come to meetings or watch on tv.
Al Scala March 01, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I attended the budget meeting at Wayne Hills several weeks ago. Aside from the Board members, Dr Gonzalez, Marisol and Juanita Petty, there were about 25-30 people in the audience, at the very most, 6 of which were students to inquire about band camp. There were very few people in attendance. The excuse that the Municipal building isn't big enough doesn't wash. If the Board wanted to move it to the Municipal building they could, excepting any conflicts with other Boards here in Town or Council matters. At least they could televise the meeting and the 5 people at home could tune in. After all, the BOE taxes represent 54/55% of our tax bill. The least they could do is televise the meeting, regardless who watches Televising the meeting has nothing to do with apathy. It's got everything to do with transparency and the public's right to know. It's our right to watch that meeting at home or not. It's not their right to determine whether we watch it or not. Dr. Gonzalez, move the meeting to town hall and televise the meeting, or have it televised at Wayne Valley.
Chicken Little March 01, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Al Scala, Maybe so, but still, the budget meetings are not held in secret, and while televising them would provide the potential for reaching more people, the reality is too few people are interested. Transparency is not the problem; apathy is. The public has a right to know, but the public just doesn't seen to care.
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 04:06 AM
My mistake Cathy. The second public meeting on the budget is March 14.
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 04:07 AM
The second public meeting on the budget is March 14, not March 7 as I originally had in the article. I apologize. My mistake.
Al Scala March 01, 2013 at 11:17 AM
C.L....Firstly, I never said budget meetings were held in secret. Secondly, televising the meeting has everything to do with transparency. Thirdly, if someone could care less and is apathetic, that's their choice. Fourthly, it's not their right to determine whether we watch it or not, it's our choice given the opportunity to watch it, whether we watch it or not. Fifthly, we don't serve them. They serve us, whether they like it or not. Out of every tax dollar coming out of our pockets, they are taking the lions share of it...54/55%. Televise the dam meeting and let the people know what's going on. That's what they're supposed to do. That's the right thing to do! Dr. Gonzalez, I'm sure your PR firm is monitoring these posts and I hope they are! Televise the meeting. It's the right thing to do!
Justice March 01, 2013 at 11:54 AM
It is definitely not apathy. Let's try this: working 100 plus hours a week at one or more jobs in addition to the normal things in life like family, health care, bill paying. All this for the pleasure of having the BOE RAPE my income.
Al Scala March 01, 2013 at 12:13 PM
The City of Paterson rec'd just about 400 million in State Aid for their schools. We rec'd just under 4 million. Abbott, Shmabbitt, Rabbitt....I could care less about those programs. What is wrong with this picture? This is an abomination!
Nose Wayne March 01, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Guess Paterson has a better school system the with all that money Al.
Justice March 01, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Paterson school system has produced some fine professionals who are currently living in Wayne. Several physicians, attorneys, pharmacists, etc. NY Giants Cruz is from Paterson. Perhaps our BOE can learn something?
Nose Wayne March 01, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Hey, if the state gave us 400 million, we would have a lot of professionals to, who NOSE?
Justice March 01, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Did anyone ask?
Nose Wayne March 01, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Why would they ask when us "rich folk from Wayne" have plenty of money to give away ?
Al Scala March 01, 2013 at 07:10 PM
The Governor increased State aid for education by 97 million. Unfortunately, none of it was for Wayne. I'd love to know how much money in State income tax we send to Trenton and how much we get in return? State aid to Wayne in the form of Municipal and Educationalmaid totaled $8,143,660. How much do we send vs get in return. I would also imagine that Wayne all by itself generates a very nice amount of sales tax revenue with all the business' located within the malls, shopping centers and strip malls we have here in Wayne.
Nose Wayne March 01, 2013 at 07:32 PM
With almost 50 shopping centers and strip malls, how much you think we generate Al ? And only a little over 8 million in return ? Somebody has some fat pockets in Trenton.
Wayne's World March 01, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Does sales tax go to school/municipal aid? I thought it was income tax. Let's face it, NJ is a giant welfare state. Our income taxes go almost entirely to subsidize the aboninable urban centers, leaving us in a situation where municipalites are largely on their own to fund educational services comprising the lion's share of the budget. People point to home rule as the problem in NJ, but the real problem is the lack of home rule in NJ's largest cities. We are all paying for that through our income taxes, and, by extension, our sales and property taxes. If AC, Newark, Camden, Trenton, New Brunswick, Paterson, Jersey City and Hackensack weren't such a terrible drain on state finances in every conceivable way, this place would be eminently more livable and would be reasonable in cost. It all goes back to that. The entire state pays for those school systems and other city services that the cities mismanage and can't/won't pay for themselves. I can't think of a worse welfare situation than NJ because it's not just welfare at the individual household level, it's welfare at EVERY level of urban life. No wonder anyone who can is moving out of state - why is so much of our hard-earned money being simply given, err...redistributed...to so many others?
Justice March 01, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Proceeds from the lottery are supposed to go to education.
Al Scala March 01, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Wayne's World/Nose Wayne......State sales tax is obviously pretty strong revenue for the State. How that is used, I have no idea. I don't know if that is restricted for any particular use. I'll bet a healthy sum is generated out of Wayne business' I would also think we pay a healthy income tax sum to the State. Although I have no proof of this, I'll bet we're getting short changed. Where are our local State representatives in regards to this?Honestly, I don't have any idea what type of influence they may have in regards to this. It would be nice to have more municipal and educational aid though. We are at a disadvantage here because we in part are funding urban towns such as Paterson. Paterson received almost 33 million in municipal aid and just shy of 400 million in educational aid for a total of about 433 million. We received a little over 8.1 million. We received less than 2% of what they received. Something is wrong with this picture.
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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