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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Wayne Resident February 27, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Nose, I understand your point. I'm just curious what the incremental cost is from before Gonzalez to now and if the $2.5 MM is directly related to his admin
Nose Wayne February 27, 2013 at 05:01 PM
This goes back a few years, but as we get new administrators, they don't want to stir up the hen house so they leave the chickens alone.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I just paid a visit to the State Report Card for the 2010/2011 Wayne Hills High School Year. Two items were glaring: 12.9% Students with Disabilities??? Is this a true number or trumped up in order that certain administrators keep their positions? 1.1% Limited English Proficient? In Wayne??? Again, is this a true number? We are talking Wayne Hills (Pines Lake, Vizcaya, Urban Club). I would like to know who these students are. "Students with Disabilities Percentage of students with IEPs (Individualized Education Program) regardless of placement/programs 12.9% Limited English Proficient (LEP) Percentage of LEP students 1.1% Language Diversity First language spoken at home in order of frequency. Language Percent English 74.2% Spanish 5.1% Arabic 3.6% Korean 3.6% Russian 1.1% Italian 1.0% Polish 1.0% Other 10.4%"
Justice February 27, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Administrators for 2010/2011 http://www.state.nj.us/education/finance/fp/ufb/2011/download/SD1711.CSV Dated, However, a comparison may be possible as soon as new figures are in. Roth is the super in this download
Nose Wayne February 27, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Justice, why did you just name ONLY the affluent areas that go to hills ? How about Old Wayne, Preakness, Valley Road Apartment Complexes, Lionshead Lake ?
Justice February 27, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Terrible picture of Juanita. She looks like a ???Housewife instead of the Professional she should be. Gonzalez looks like a pathetic little boy.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Nose. I thank you for adding them. It was not a deliberate ommission. However you have proven my point further. I was only thinking of temporary overseas executives that have been placed in the mentioned areas that may have students who are not proficient. Insult not intended. Thanks Nose for adding to my argument.
Nose Wayne February 27, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Would say a lot of the people today that live in the apartment complexes don't speak english or have jobs. We are supporting them through section 8 and other government supported programs.
Jack Q February 27, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I know from past experience that APT was very aggressive in trying to mainstream children with disabilities. I think know a days, though, disabilities has a much broader inclusion than when we went to school.
Jack Q February 27, 2013 at 06:36 PM
There was a similar list regarding teachers salaries, as well.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Nose. I wasn't certain about that. Next question : Property Taxes for BOE need to be adjusted by the 18,000 or so per student that requires this extra. The wave of prior immigrants assimilated and learned English through tutors, tv, churches, etc. I personally know of many such immigrants. Immigration used to demand an Affidavit of Support from a.US citizen prior to being allowed to set foot on our soil. No government welfare or English as a second language. We are struggling and do not want to out right pay for these students. Get the money back from welfare or call ICE. Period. End of Burden.
Nose Wayne February 27, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Great idea Justice, Just don't for see getting the money back from welfare or ICE.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Let me elaborate. Call ICE and have them deported.
Nose Wayne February 27, 2013 at 07:21 PM
They would deport them except they are waiting for their drivers license from Obama.
Jack Q February 27, 2013 at 08:02 PM
So I guess you two are assuming that since they do not speak English that well, they are here illegally? Nice guys, real nice.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Jack Q. Have you ever been around immigrants? Have you ever been around immigrants who pretend to not understand English? Have you ever worked with immigrants who openly call Americans, "amerikaans" and make fun of them, calling them soft and lazy? Have you ever worked in an establishment where you or your child is pushed out of a minimum wage job, only to be replaced by immigrants who punch the clock under several names in order that there is no violation of labor laws? Have you or a child been requested to pick up "workers" from a hotel/motel housing immigrants at an unsafe person per square footage and take them to work only to be later pushed out for "lack of work"? When you can answer yes to any of those questions, then you are allowed to make your snide remark, only after further questions.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 08:17 PM
These immigrants are not the same as the immigrants who built this country and assimilated. Granted there is the exception to every statement. I have a long list of immigrants who died fighting for the United Stated during the Vietnam Conflict. There is also a long list of immigrants who are in the military for the express purpose of assimilating and becoming US citizens. There are many exceptions; but I doubt those exceptions are also taking welfare or Section 8 housing. Unless of course, they need it as a temporary help to get on their feet. (another exception). Again, in the fiftes, an immigrant could not set foot on US soil without an Affidavit of Support. They were returned to the country they came from. Visit Ellis Island when you have the chance. There is a huge difference.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 08:19 PM
typo: United States in lieu of United Stated
Justice February 27, 2013 at 08:25 PM
http://www.fairus.org/facts/us_laws "The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of June 27,1952, was a major revision of existing immigration and nationality law. It continued, with modifications, the essential elements of both the 1917 and 1924 Acts, as well as those provisions of the Internal Security Act of September 23, 1950, relating to the exclusion of Communists. The 1952 INA reflected the cold war atmosphere and anti-communism of the period, following World War II at the onset of the Korean War. The law was in essence an act of conservatism rather that of intolerance. The difference between the climate of opinion in the 1920s and the early 1950s is apparent in the following statement in the 1950 report of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Without giving credence to any theory of Nordic superiority, the subcommittee believes that the adoption of the national origins quota formula was a rational and logical method of numerically restricting immigration in such a manner as to best preserve the sociological and cultural balance of the United States." In contrast to the 1920s, the case for the national origins quota system in the 1950s was not generally argued on the grounds of racial superiority, but on sociological theories of the time relating to cultural assimilation. The discriminatory provisions against most Asian countries were also slightly relaxed by the 1952 Act.
Nose Wayne February 27, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Hey Jack, my grandfather came to this country with pennies in his pocket and didn't speak a word of english. He got a job right away and learned english. He had a family he took care of and worked well into his seventies building most of the historic buildings you see today in Paterson. And NEVER asked or collected a dime from this country. So don't ASSUME anything, because you seem to be the only one ASSuming here.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Those are the immigrants who made this country great. God Bless your grandfather and all those like him.
Nose Wayne February 27, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Wish they were all like him, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today.
Pad February 28, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Mr Gonzalez should start making some big cuts in the overinflated BOE budget. Enrollment is dropping and I am sure there is a lot of fat on the administrative side that could be cut. Did they really need a "CONE OF SILENCE ROOM" built inside the BOE building? They need to really stop excessive spending until better times come back. Wayne Township is soon going to find itself in a terrible fianancial situation. Many top school districts in NJ get by with 0% increase in thier budget and many are rated much higher then Wayne. The taxpayers pockets aren't the BOE's private piggy bank.
Nose Wayne February 28, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Pad, and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Would like to NOSE how much the renovation cost to the administration building after Gonzalez and his buddies remodeled it ? And it was just renovated after the last superintendent. Does anyone remodel their house that often ?
Jack Q February 28, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Yes Justice, I have been around immigrants. My parents were immigrants. I also work with a lot of immigrants. So that is yes to two of those questions so I can proceed. Your generalizations really take away from your argument.
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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