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Superintendent Won't Speculate on Possible Sequestration Spending Cuts

Officials still working on finalizing 2013-14 school district budget.

District education officials won’t speculate on the effects possible sequestration spending cuts could bring to the district.

Funding for education in New Jersey would be slashed by nearly $30 million should Congress fail to halt $85 billion in spending cuts scheduled to go into effect Friday.

“Any specific comment on the potential impact of our sequestration on our district would be purely speculative,” Superintendent Ray Gonzalez said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re not actively engaged in the process of planning our budget for the 2013-14 school year, and all decisions are being made based on tangible information currently at hand.”

If the spending cuts do go into effect the state would lose $11.7 million for primary and secondary education initiatives and another $17 million for more than 200 teachers, aides, and staff who assist children with disabilities.

The district is still refining its preliminary $132.2 million budget. The average homeowner’s school taxes would increase $205 if the budget were approved.

The district is looking at a $2.4 million shortfall if all programs and district services are kept the same.

Officials are still waiting to hear how much state aid the district will receive. Wayne received $3.8 million last year.

The Board of Education approved the preliminary budget last week.

“We plan to publicly share detailed information on this upcoming budget within the next several weeks,” Gonzalez said.

Officials will host another public meeting about the budget at Wayne Valley High School at 7 p.m. on March 14.

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Jack Q February 28, 2013 at 01:08 PM
@Nose, that's great, so did my parents. But when you talk about deporting people because that can't speak English, that makes you the ASSumer. Do I think that people should learn English, absolutely. Do they have a right to be here, of course as long as they follow the law.
Wayne Resident February 28, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Nose, when the detailed budget is released, I would assume this info would be in there, no?
Justice February 28, 2013 at 02:12 PM
JQ. It is unfortunate that you believe that my arguments are too generalized, considering the amount of research and detail that I continue to share on this board.
Nose Wayne February 28, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Wayne, don't "assume" because you NOSE what happens when you do ? Don't be surprised they hid it under some other line item like "building maintenance". May never really see the final amount it cost to redo the "Kingdom".
Jack Q February 28, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I appreciate the back up WR, but my sensibilities aren't that delicate, nor was I insulted. But your comment only drag down the conversation.

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