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Tax Levy Approved, Freshman Seminar Eliminated

School portion of average homeowner's tax bill to increase $127.

The school portion of the average homeowner’s taxes will increase $127 after the approved the district’s $144 million budget Thursday.

The tax levy, the portion of the budget funded by local taxes, is $127.3 million.

The $127 includes a $2 increase of the district’s debt service. The debt service is a mortgage payment for the construction of . The average Wayne home is assessed at $229,000.

The board voted to Monday in order to get the budget below a state-mandated 2 percent increase cap. The district will receive for this coming school year.

“We’re all taxpayers and we just want to provide the best education we can for our kids,” said board President Donald Pavlak Jr.

Approximately $83.6 million of the budget, 61 percent, will fund salaries. This is more than $300,000 more than the $83.3 million the district spent last year.

The board voted to keep 30 special education paraprofessionals in district. Officials originally budgeted to outsource the positions next year. The move would have saved the district $300,000. The board reversed its decision after several individuals spoke out against the move.

The board voted to move $250,000 from the benefits line item to not outsource the positions. An additional $25,000 will be moved from the general administration fund.

“This was probably, of all the things that were looked at, the hardest thing to cut,” said board President Donald Pavlak Jr. “But the board listens to the public and we were able to correct the decision.”

Sixty-four part-time playground aides will have 45 minutes cut from their schedules. The aids work at the district’s nine elementary schools.

Denise Vanhouten, president of the cafeteria playground aides, said she was not aware of the change and was “blindsided” by the decision. 

“The teachers and the administrators rely on us to be their eyes and ears,” Vanhouten said. “We do more than just supervise students.”

Vanhouten said the aides inspect playground equipment and meet with guidance counselors and principals to discuss student behavior and playground incidents on a regular basis.

The district’s elementary outdoor environmental program was eliminated. Several individuals expressed their displeasure with the decision. Roger Hawkins founded the 40-year-old program.

“In the electronics-oriented world that we live in today it is less and less likely for a child to hear ‘go out and play’ or for a child to roam the woods and explore and discover,” Hawkins said.  “Wayne’s outdoor program is the perfect vehicle for inspiring interest and understanding of the natural world.”

The Freshman Seminar program will be eliminated. Students will instead take half a year of finance and a half a year of study hall. Officials determined that the move will not reduce the number of credits, 135, high school need to graduate.

Each elementary school will have a full-time EPIS counselor. EPIS stands for Early Intervention and Prevention Specialist. They teach students social and life skills, often outside of the classroom in social settings. Currently, is the only elementary school to have a full-time counselor. The other eight schools share the remaining four counselors.

All athletic and extra-curricular programs, including Camp Warwick, will remain.

Officials proposed funding several capital improvements next year. The gymnasium floor at Ryerson will be replaced and a new chemistry lab will be constructed at .

Rob Burke April 01, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Amen to that! A more business friendly attitude would help get the lights back on in shuttered buildings by filling them with new businesses that would also contribute to the tax base. That, in turn, would reduce the burden that all the other taxpayers share. As Scondo rightly pointed out elsewhere, if more ratables are combined with reduced and more prudent spending, we all win.
Al Scala April 01, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I'm not quite sure how the words Latino Super equates to bigotry. The man is Latino and it is what it is. I have absolutely no problem with that. I am not a bigot and never have been. Frankly, I take exception to you alluding to same. The fact that I stated a point about Rumana doing something for the Latino vote is also true. As long as our Superintendent does a very good job leading our school system, I frankly don.t care what nationality he is. After all, aren't we all Americans ?
life long wayne gal April 01, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Bravo Chicken Little. Justice just randomly quotes the Founding Fathers and the constitution to pretend he has a point. Then he tells people to play with themselves as if that is appropriate. He also has theories that everyone is the same person or from the PR company or foreign or a Communist Socialist Dictator Anarchist from abroad trying to infiltrate Wayne. I am honestly starting to think he does not really believe what he spouts but he is actually a Troll (as in someone who trolls the internet to start a fight, not an actual troll). I don't fear the government. I fear a person that believes anyone who disagrees is out to get him.
Justice April 01, 2012 at 11:34 PM
http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/when-governments-fear-people-there-libertyquotation "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny" Thomas Jefferson (in case you didn't know, was one of the Founding Fathers, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, etc. the 3rd President of the United States)...
Justice April 01, 2012 at 11:37 PM
For those citizens who were not given the opportunity to study United States History, following is the Preamble to the United States Constitution: http://constitutionus.com/ We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America...
Justice April 01, 2012 at 11:41 PM
"We the People..." Steppenwolf brings it home:"... America where are you now...don't you care about your sons and daughters..." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk3sURDS4IA ...
Justice April 01, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Audio/Visual: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnvZ93Zh6MA&feature=related ...
Just Facts April 02, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Dont worry Governor Chrispy and his free helicopter rides, vetoed Millionaire tax, coruption and trips to Isreal will fix all this.. Impeach this guy - what a big mouth joker he is.......
Pad April 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
The BOE had no problem handing out 5-9% raises at Nellis Drive which is unheard of in these economic times. When a citizen brought this up at the meeting as usual the BOE remained silent. Why is it that when the public speaks during the public forum the BOE never replies to thier concerns. Just goes to show you that they aren't at all interested in the taxpayers concerns. Only that oof the WEA and those employed at Nellis Drive. The President has a direct family member working in the District, this alone is a conflict of interest. Even if he abstains from voting the others still vote and him not voting really doesn't change the outcome at all.
Bill April 02, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Do you have proof of this?
Al Scala April 02, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I was told and I assume it is true that the Ass't BA received a 5k bonus last year as well as a 5k increase. I was also told that Juanita Petty, the BOE BA makes 165K/yr and works from home 1 day a week. At this point, this is just hearsay. The first point could probably be OPRA'D. I'm not quite sure how you're going to confirm the second point because there is no transparency in the BOE, and everything is held very close and secretive. I'm not sure you'd get a straight answer. If these allegations are true, there better be a very good reason for the Ass't BA'S bonus and extremely generous pay raise.
Al Scala April 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Pavlak who is President of the school board, his wife is employed in the District. She is either a teacher, teacher's aid or something. Badiner works for Bergen County Special Ed services where we send a fair amount of our special needs students. . If Pavlak recuses himself from voting, it may not be a conflict of interest. Badiner on the other hand, just by his prescence on the BOE and the fact we send students to Bergen County Special Ed Services, I find that somewhat conflictive whether he votes or not!
Justice April 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Please clarify the title of BA. Isn't the Ass't BA and BOE BA a duplicate of positions? What are the qualifications of these people that would cause them to make such obscene salaries on the backs of hard-working taxpayers, some of whom cannot afford to carry their own health insurance; but yet are mandated to carry the health insurance of people making OBSCENE salaries on top of OBSCENE benefits? Talk about the Redistribution of Wealth??? This is not good.
Justice April 02, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Experience Salary Job Classes Taught Map Details PASSAIC WAYNE TOWNSHIP DISTRICT OFFICE PAVLAK BARBARA E Masters 7 $62,180 School Social Worker 7 years experience making 62,180...... Al, do you know anyone in the insurance business making that much after just 7 years of experience? Working 180 days a year?
Justice April 02, 2012 at 08:37 PM
NJ Public School Teachers Name PAVLAK, BARBARA E Status full-time Degree Masters County PASSAIC District WAYNE TOWNSHIP School DISTRICT OFFICE School address DISTRICT OFFICE, Wayne 07470-3562 Map Experience District 7 years Experience New Jersey 7 years Experience Total 7 years SALARY $62,180 Employment 10 Months Job Code 3117 Job 1 School Social Worker FTE F Job 2 Job 3 Job 4 Nat'l Bd. Certified? N Certificate Standard Grade Level Elementary Highly Qualified? Doesn't need to be highly qualified Classes Taught 0 Teaching Route Traditional Route New Search
Al Scala April 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Justice...Juanita Petty is the Business Administrator for the BOE. Apparently, due to the size of the District, our BOE Trustees feel there is a need for an Assistant Business administrator. I would venture to guess that between the two of them their aggregate salaries amount to about 300k/yr. This does not include the cost of benefits.
Al Scala April 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
No......unless thay are on commission and having one hell of a year.
Justice April 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The above is public information on the following website, the information of which may lag behind: http://www.app.com/section/DATA/DataUniverse
Justice April 02, 2012 at 08:44 PM
The following is another website which is also public information. Unfortunately, for the decent public employees, their information is available since it is the taxpayers that are paying their salaries and benefits: http://www.nj.com/news/bythenumbers/
Justice April 02, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Bingo...Al...you win..$160,000 plus benefits...not bad....meanwhile, people's homes are being foreclosed on....SHAME, SHAME, SHAME NJ Public School Teachers Name PETTY, JUANITA Status full-time Degree Masters County PASSAIC District WAYNE TOWNSHIP School DISTRICT OFFICE School address DISTRICT OFFICE, Wayne 07470-3562 Map Experience District 0 years Experience New Jersey 20 years Experience Total 20 years SALARY $160,000 Employment 12 Months Job Code 0112 Job 1 School Business Administrator FTE F Job 2 Job 3 Job 4 Nat'l Bd. Certified? N Certificate Standard Grade Level Middle/Secondary Highly Qualified? Doesn't need to be highly qualified Classes Taught 0 Teaching Route Traditional Route New Search
Justice April 02, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Assistant School Business Administrator: PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE NJ Public School Teachers Details County District School Last Rest Degree Years Experience Salary Job Classes Taught Map Details PASSAIC WAYNE TOWNSHIP DISTRICT OFFICE SCHOENING NICOLE Bachelors 18 $98,000 Assistant School Business Admin 0 Map Records 1 to 1 of 1 New Search
Wayne's World April 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
So I looked up a few police officers I know - each earns what seems to be a top base salary of $119,633. This does not include overtime, which my understanding is how many police officers receive up to 50% of their total comp. For example, I was recently told that Fairfield cops receive 4 hours OT when they have to make a court appearance for a traffic ticket, regardless of length actually spent in court. My guess is a good deal of Wayne cops make well in excess of $100k, and the more senior ones with 10+ yrs. on the job make close to $200k. With a police force of 130 or so, that is a huge nut, not even including absurd pension and vacation benefits and short work weeks. Our BOE and over-administration in the schools is definitely a problem, but this unspoken line item in the budget is a real killer for Wayne taxes.
Justice April 02, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I believe that it is part of the NJ State Labor Law that require a minimum of 3 or 4 hours paid when called into a job; whether or not a person actually works that amount of hours. I also believe that the ruling does not apply to exempt/salaried workers or workers protected by a union (as is the case with our police officers). Maybe someone better versed in employment law can verify this?
Al Scala April 02, 2012 at 09:32 PM
The salaries of police have been immune to criticism, unlike our teachers. They impact us as dearly as anyone when it comes to taxpayers cost and ultimate pension costs. Possibly, because they are 12 month employees vs teachers being 10 month employees..I don't recall Governor Christie taking on the Police unions like he did the teachers. I'll say this.....a good teacher is as valuable to us as a good cop is. The teachers of today are teaching and molding our children who are our future. Correct me if I'm wrong.....can a policeman retire and collect his pension with 25 years service regardless of age? I think teachers have a formula which takes into consideration years of service and age.
Justice April 02, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Apparently, this site also does year to year comparisons...the figures apparently were for 2010. NJ Public Employees, 2010 This list contains 437,000 teachers and local, county and state public employees enrolled in the state's various pension systems as of Dec. 31, 2010. Higher education professionals are enrolled in another plan, called the Alternate Benefit Program. The salaries reflected here are base salaries and do not include bonuses or overtime. Note: These salaries are the best estimates provided by the reporting agencies to the state, but they may not reflect the actual salary paid in 2010. Some salaries could be highly inflated due to retroactive pay or other considerations. Compare to 2009 NJ Employees.
Justice April 02, 2012 at 09:39 PM
My understanding has always been that, regardless of age, a police officer can retire and collect their full pension after 20 or 25 years of service, dependent on the union contract. Many officers will then start their 2nd careers, usually in an investigative field or law. I know several attorneys who originally were police officers. It makes sense...they can attend law school while collecting their pension.
Al Scala April 02, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Justice....that figure for Juanita Petty.....was that for the 2010-2011 school year or the 2011-2012 school year. I ask the same question for the Ass't BA as I think she is making much more than 98K.
Justice April 02, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Let's see, who would be a better target for ridicule? Teachers, who are mostly of the female persuasion or police officers, who are mostly of the male persuasion? Neither should be targeted; but the whole system is in desperate need of a revision or the United States will soon become a Third World Country with two classes. "We the people, ......"
Justice April 02, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Al, it appears that the figures were for 2010, according to the site information: "...NJ Public Employees, 2010 This list contains 437,000 teachers and local, county and state public employees enrolled in the state's various pension systems as of Dec. 31, 2010. Higher education professionals are enrolled in another plan, called the Alternate Benefit Program. The salaries reflected here are base salaries and do not include bonuses or overtime. Note: These salaries are the best estimates provided by the reporting agencies to the state, but they may not reflect the actual salary paid in 2010. Some salaries could be highly inflated due to retroactive pay or other considerations. Compare to 2009 NJ Employees."
Justice April 02, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Al, it seems that the figures are calendar year as opposed to fiscal year. I am not certain but the educational (for lack of a better word, meaning administrators, teachers and support staff) contracts are on a fiscal year (July to June) as opposed to calendar year. Apparently, that would account for the discrepancies that you are picking up on. Additionally, the site also states that these are base salaries that do not include bonuses, overtime, etc. It seems that your numbers (as usual) are closer to the truth; but at least, we have a guide to evidence the differences between the administrators, social workers, school nurses and the actual teachers.....who are apparently and unfortunately at the bottom of the pecking order. It is unfortunate that people refer to everyone in the education hierarchy as "the teachers", since obviously, it is the administrators and support staff who are eating like royalty at the expense of the peasants.

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