Thursday, March 8, 2012
Several board members questioned staffing decisions, as well as whether the tentative budget allows the district to meet the 'rising cost of doing business.'
Though approved during the Board of Education’s Monday meeting, a tentative budget met concerns that it does not attempt to regain ground lost from budget cuts two years ago. The $113,679,123 tentative budget passed a board vote with four members voting in favor of it and three—Chris Pulsifer, Judy Haas and Marc Rosenberg—voting against it. The budget is about $1 million below the 2 percent tax levy cap, with the tax levy coming in at $81,679,123. That’s a .4 percent increase over last year’s $81,205,961 levy. There were only two public comments on the budget prior to the vote, though several more followed once the vote was taken. The comments came from an elementary school teacher and Hillsborough Education Association President Barbara …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
A March 13 Community Partnership Network meeting will focus on the 2012-13 school budget.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Hillsborough Township Public Schools’ Community Partnership Network (CPN) will meet on Tuesday, March 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Auten Road Intermediate School cafeteria. Jorden Schiff, superintendent of schools, will provide attendees with an overview of the proposed 2012-13 school year budget. Following the presentation, there will be time for audience questions and open discussion. The Board of Education introduced its preliminary budget on March 5 during a special meeting at Auten Road Intermediate School. The budget is a preliminary budget, and could change prior to the March 30 deadline to submit a final budget for the ballot, however. In addition to the Community Partnership Network meeting, residents interested in expressing their …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Budget could undergo changes before final vote on March 26.
The district’s tentative budget comes in at $113,679,123, includes no staff reductions or program reductions, according to Superintendent Jorden Schiff's presentation at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. The total budget is a $2,999,423 increase—about 2 percent—over 2011-12’s $110,679,700 budget. It includes $81,528,217 to be raised through the local tax levy. That’s about .4 percent more than the $81,205,961 raised in 2011-12, and represents an increase of $322,256. Under the tentative budget, the tax rate would increase by less than 1 cent, from $1.444 per $100 of assessed value to $1.453 per $100 of assessed value. A homeowner assessed at $368,700 would see their tax bill increase by $32. Meanwhile Millstone Borough taxpayers …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Extra meeting scheduled to meet deadline for county business administrator.
The Hillsborough Board of Education will hold a special meeting on March 5 at Auten Road Intermediate School in order to present its preliminary budget before that budget must be submitted to the County Business Administrator on March 6. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. The board unanimously approved a motion to host the extra meeting during its Monday meeting, meaning it will have three meetings during March. Prior to adding the March 5 meeting, the Board of Education had meetings set for March 12 and March 26. The added meeting isn’t because of a change to the county calendar, however. Instead, it came as a reminder from the Department of Education’s Somerset County Business Administrator. “It wasn’t changed per se to the fifth,” …