Millburn Schools to Receive More State Aid
Every district in the state will benefit, governor says.
Local school districts received good news Tuesday — some state aid is coming their way. But that news was tempered with a statement later from Christie saying he wants most districts to use the money for property tax relief.
The Education Allocation Plan, announced by Gov. Chris Christie, authorizes an additional $850 million in state aid to be shared among the districts for the 2012 school year.
For Millburn, it's a total of approximately $1.5 million, with half of it already set for allocation and part of the 2011-2012 budget.
“We have not received any guidelines yet as to what that money is, what our options are for using it, or when exactly we might get it. But, having said that, I'm quite happy to get any budget assistance so I remain guardedly optimistic,” said Millburn Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Crisfield.
A year ago school officials expected a 20 percent cut in state aid, but many districts received a much larger cut and, in fact, Millburn lost all of its approximately $3 million in state aid at that time.
The money is listed under a "Special Education" column, but it is not restricted to that purpose, Crisfield said.
Christie's bump in education aid includes his initial $250 million increase for all districts, as well as an additional $150 million for non-Abbott districts. The measure also adds $450 million toward the 31 Abbott districts.
The boost, according to Christie, will mark the highest levels of state funding since he took office early last year.
"We are keeping faith with our commitment to New Jersey’s children and families, spending more money per pupil on New Jersey’s students than almost any other state in the country," said Christie in a release. "Now is the time to complement the dollars spent with real education reform to bring a focus on student learning, accountability and results."
According to the governor's office, this increase in education aid will provide much-needed property tax relief to state residents as the state increases its support for local schools.
2011-2012 Projected SFRA Total K-12 State School Aid
» 2011-12 State Aid Summaries Home
District: MILLBURN TWP
K-12 2010-2011 Total Aid: $0
Governor's Budget 2011-2012 Total Aid: $764,617
Additional Aid 2011-2012 Approp. Act: $764,617
Equalized Aid: $0
Education Adequacy Aid: $0
Choice Aid: $0
Transportation Aid: $0
Special Education Categorical Aid: $1,529,234
Security Aid: $0
Adjustment Aid: $0
Revised 2011-2012 Total Aid: $1,529,234
One Year Aid Change: $1,529,234
The county and school district allocation lists can be viewed here.