Sunday, March 3, 2013
On the agenda, the school board will approve a preliminary budget to submit to the County Superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year in Millburn.
The Millburn Board of Education announced a special meeting for Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:45 p.m. in the Education Center. On the agenda, the school board will approve a preliminary budget to submit to the County Superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year. Agenda is attached.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Check out Millburn School district's budget documents, including cut sheet, surplus analysis, budget's first draft and enrollment projections.
The public was given a more-detailed look into the district's 2013-14 budget at Monday night's Millburn Board of Education meeting. In addition, to allow a more widespread distribution, the administration released all documents from the meeting on Tuesday, posting them on the district's website. The documents included in the budget are attached as PDFs and include cut sheet, surplus analysis and a first-draft budget, along with enrollment projections. The initial proposed budget was introduced at the Jan. 17 meeting. Also at the meeting, the board approved a contract for an addition high school bus route More on the Jan. 28 board meeting to follow.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Dates set for public hearing on the budget but you can tell the community now what you think of district's budget in the comments!
Millburn Board of Education is offering two dates for residents to give their input on the district's budget during the preliminary phrase. “We thought it would be helpful to hear up front from all residents of the community since there is no longer a public vote on the budget," the board's finance chair, Lise Chapman, said. Students' parents can also weigh in on the budget at the following upcoming PTO meetings with Superindendent Dr. James Crisfield and BOE Finance Chair Lise Chapman: “Last spring the Board Finance Committee and Dr. Crisfield developed the idea for ‘pre-budget listening sessions’ so that the public would have an opportunity to present their priorities, new ideas and concerns to us in advance of this year’s budget …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Several board members said the increase should not automatically be 2 percent.
Millburn Board of Education members disagreed over by how much they should increase taxes during budget deliberations at Monday's meeting. The board is moving toward closing the $6.5 million gap between expenses and revenue, which will need to be done before the proposed 2011-12 budget is approved for county review on March 14. The final budget proposal will be approved to send to voters a few weeks later. School officials have already cut approximately $4.8 million from the proposed budget. The figures assume the board increases taxes by 2 percent, which is the maximum allowed increase under state law. If taxes were increased by 1 percent, the gap would be $7.2 million. At no increase, there would be a $7.9 million gap. School board …
Monday, February 28, 2011
Teachers fill the school board meeting room asking for fair and respectful negotiations after filing paperwork saying there was an impasse.
A large group of teachers filled Monday's Millburn Board of Education meeting seeking fair and respectful negotiations after the Millburn Education Association filed paperwork with the state saying there was an impasse. The board has had one formal and one informal negotiating session with the teachers union, according to Mark Zucker, the board negotiations committee chairman. The teachers union presented its first proposal, which he said was "unrealistic" under current economic conditions. The board's negotiating team felt it was not proper to continue negotiating that night and would find a future date for another session, he said. In his report, Zucker said he and board Vice President Jeff Waters met informally with union leadership …
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The school district is receiving about $760,000 in state aid.
The Millburn School District will receive back a fraction of the state aid it lost a year ago, but school officials are not planning to make changes in what has already been cut from the proposed 2011-12 school budget. The state Department of Education released how much state aid school districts will receive for the 2011-12 school year, and Millburn is due to receive $764,617. A year ago Millburn lost all of its nearly $3 million in state aid, and school officials had anticipated receiving none again. The aid is in addition to the approximately $476,000 in extraordinary special education aid school districts are estimating they will receive in 2011-12. Gov. Chris Christie said in his budget address on Tuesday he was increasing school aid …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The governor said he's increasing state aid to all districts by $250 million.
Governor Chris Christie said Tuesday in his budget address he plans to increase funding for school districts, but schools Superintendent James Crisfield said he wants to "wait and see." Christie delivered his budget address to a joint session of the state Legislature Tuesday and said he plans to increase education aid by more than $250 million. "This will allow every district in the state to receive increased aid," he said. But Crisfield said the "devil is in the details" in how much the Millburn school district receives. School officials are supposed to receive their funding information within 48 hours following the governor's speech, which gives a deadline of Thursday afternoon. Crisfield said a year ago school officials were expecting a…
There are five things that make up the big difference in the proposed budget and if it was kept flat, and three of them have been cut already.
If Millburn school officials would still face a $2.7 million budget gap if they kept all services the same between the current year and 2011-12. School officials distributed a hypothetical flat budget at the last Millburn Board of Education meeting, which shows a $2.7 million gap between expenses and revenue if there is a 2 percent increase in taxes. If taxes are not increased, there would be a $4.1 million gap. School officials have said since early January they are attempting to cut back the proposed budget to fill a $6.4 million gap. Schools Supt. James Crisfield said in an interview the difference between the proposed 2011-12 budget and the hypothetical flatline budget is five items: Of those items, the new construction and repairs, …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The change of full-day kindergarten to half-day kindergarten has been removed from the discussion on the budget.
The Millburn Board of Education removed reducing full-day kindergarten to half day from budget considerations while making another $1.7 million in cuts during Monday's meeting at Glenwood Elementary School. The board agreed to move the reduction in kindergarten—which would have saved $700,000 and 10 full time equivalent positions—from the "possible" changes section of what has been dubbed "the cut sheet" to the section for possible consideration in the future. Scott Kamber, a board member, said it seemed fair to move the kindergarten item off the table for consideration because it would cut down the anxiety in the community. Parents have organized against reducing the kindergarten program to half day and had circulated a petition that was …
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The questions and answers cover a number of topics and will continue to be expanded.
Millburn school officials posted a "budget questions and answers" section on the district's website Wednesday evening. The Q&A reviews questions residents submitted in writing during the school board's open forum on Jan. 30 but were not answered. School officials said then the answers would be posted on the district's website. Parents, teachers and staff received an e-mail Wednesday about the document. The questions cover a number of topics including the upcoming contract negotiations with the teachers union, transportation and topics at each school level. School officials stated in the e-mail they would continue to add information to the Q&A and people can send their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find the document by clicking here.