The Brooklawn Board of Education held a public hearing and then approved the district’s 2010-2011 budget of $5,177,451 at the meeting of the Board on March 30. There will be no tax increase in the district, but a few non-instructional staff reductions may be necessary, as well reductions in areas such as equipment and supplies. The district remains at the state minimum tax levy, which means that state law will not permit the Board to reduce taxes below this amount.
Superintendent Dr. John Kellmayer remarked, “Everyone is aware of the unprecedented reduction in state funding that New Jersey’s school districts have experienced this year due to the state’s economic crisis. Brooklawn’s state funding was reduced about $309,000, a significant amount in a small district. However, we are able to continue generate revenue from nontraditional sources. This revenue has allowed us to minimize the effect of funding cuts on academic programs.”
The district plans to continue to provide services not only for families who have children who attend school in the district, but for the entire community as well. The Shop Rite of Brooklawn Center will be open evenings and weekends for approved groups. The Flowers Library and Media Center will be open two nights a week for the community at large. Programs will be planned for residents of all ages. The district before and after school latchkey program will remain open. In addition, the district will continue to offer a fullday pre-kindergarten program.
Board of Education President Bruce Darrow said, “The entire Board should be commended for their hard work in putting together the 2010-2011 budget. This has been the most difficult budget that I can recall. The Board has met several times to discuss and review the proposed 2010-2011 budget and members should be commended for how they have worked to reach a consensus on the budget in such difficult times.
Darrow also said, “Our students continue to do well academically, and the district cost per pupil is among the lowest in the state. In the past several years, we have built a library, classrooms, and a gym, added staff and programs, installed a new heating system and windows, made significant improvements in technology, and made numerous other improvements to educational programs and the physical plant—all without a tax increase. The Board remains committed to working with the entire community, including Mayor and Council, to find innovative ways to continue the success of the school district for the benefit of not only the students but all the residents of Brooklawn.”
and made numerous other improvements to educational programs and the physical plant—all without a tax increase. The Board remains committed to working with the entire community, including Mayor and Council, to find innovative ways to continue the success of the school district for the benefit of not only the students but all the residents of Brooklawn.”