Special School Budget Meeting to be Held Thursday

The average homeowners' school taxes increased $164 last year.

Wayne Hills High School
Wayne Hills High School
There will be a special public meeting Thursday on the school district’s budget for the 2014-15 school year.

Officials will present information on the pending budget and solicit input from residents. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Wayne Hills High School auditorium.

Similar meetings were held last year. Only a few dozen residents attended each one.

The average homeowners’ school taxes increased $164 last year. The tax levy, the portion of the budget raised by local taxes was $130.4 million. The total budget was $141 million.

The average homeowner paid $5,866 in school taxes last year, a 2.5 percent increase from the previous year.
Wayne Res January 13, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Is the budget available to view in advance?
joann ranalletti January 14, 2014 at 03:16 PM
I find it interesting that all of a sudden the BOE wants input from the taxpayers for the school budget. I also found it interesting that both Mr. Pavlak and Ms Stinziano suddenly made a motion several weeks ago , which the BOE passed, to file a claim with NJ for monies to fund CCSS and lo and behold this November is re-election time for both Ms. Stinziano and Mr. Pavlak. Also Ms. Stinziano is now BOE president. Could all this be political moves to keep the power base alive on the BOE and the super in???? Crucial times for the powers that be!
Pad January 15, 2014 at 07:12 AM
Just more smoke & mirrors from the BOE. They have had enough input from the taxpayers. Their message is cut high paid administrative positions, control spending, freeze hiring and 0 budget increase. We can't afford to pay any more. 142 million a year is out of control spending. Now they want to spend another 5 million on school security from advice of the BOEs facilities department and the maybe the Wayne PD. Of course the facilities department wants this. Its called job security.
bfree January 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM
It would be very informative to make several calculations regarding the BOE budget. The first may already be available: Total operating budget (excluding only capital expenses--new buildings,etc.) divided by the average number of students during the year:= $ spent per student and compare it to other similar pupil sized school districts in N.J. . The second, might be more difficult to define, but determine the total number of administrators in the district (all who are not spending at least 50% of their time teaching) and divide that by the same average number of students in the system during the year. And, the total cost of the above list of administrators divided by the average number of students to determine the average cost of administration in Wayne, vs. other similar sized districts in the State. The results could be very illuminating!
Pad January 16, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Administrators don't teach. They have too many administrators in the Wayne District. The Administrator positions need to be streamlined and get rid of the excess. Wayne is top heavy in administrators. This is all about job protection and creating positions that really aren't needed. My graduating class had 700 students in a high school that had a principle and two vice principles. That's it. The total student population was about 2000+ students covering 10th, 11th and 12th grade and everything ran well.


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