April 22, 2010
League Joins School Boards to Inform Mayors, Governing Bodies and School Officials on Local review of Voter Rejected Budgets
Earlier today, the League of Municipalities co-produced an informative conference call with the New Jersey School Boards Association on how to handle defeated school budgets. Over 700 municipal and school officials participated.
During the conference call, Department of Education Commissioner Bret Schundler noted that while governing bodies are scrutinizing each line item to identify specific budget cuts, they need to be sensitive to the obligation to provide a thorough education for all school age children. Commissioner Schundler also encouraged municipalities to reach out to their school union leadership to discuss the possibility of opening contracts for changes that could lead to budget savings and possible state aid increases. Finally, Commissioner Schundler stated that DOE will only grant school board applications to restore levy reductions, when those reductions would prevent the district from providing children with a thorough education.
Also participating on the conference call was Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas and South Brunswick Chief Financial Officer Joseph Monzo. Both Mayor Lucas and Mr. Monzo noted that communication is essential to the process. Mayor Lucas noted that for municipalities in a regional district it is important to keep in mind what is best for the whole of the district.
You can listen to the recorded conference call at www.njsba.org/learnatlunch.
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For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122 or 609-915-9072.