School Board to Present and Vote on Budget

Residents will have the opportunity to speak up regarding the 2012-13 school district budget, which proposes a 1.7 percent increase in the local tax levy

The Lacey Board of Education will present the school district’s budget in the Lecture Hall at Lacey Township High School on Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m.

“Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn more about our budget,” Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower said.

The , which includes a $99 increase to the average homeowner, was approved and sent to the Ocean County Superintendent of Schools on Monday, March 5.

After boasting a zero percent tax increase for two straight years, the school board is proposing a 1.7 percent increase in the local tax levy. Voters will be unable to vote on the increase this year since the board to move elections to November and forego the tax levy ballot.

The proposed operating budget includes a $424,335 decrease since last year. It includes the for 2012-13, the from 2011 that the district deferred to the upcoming school year and $1 million for solar renewable energy credits, Business Administrator James Savage said.

While some areas saw decreases in the proposed budget, including health services, speech and guidance, others saw increases.

“Across the district we’re consolidating things to be more efficient,” said Eric Schubiger, board vice president. “We’re not in the position to make cuts.”

The district will be “streamlining” certain areas throughout the district, he said.

“The focus this year is on technology, curriculum and building improvements,” Schubiger said. The decision to concentrate on those areas was made by utilizing staff and district comments, he said.

Monday’s budget meeting, in which the board will vote to adopt the budget, will present what the new budget provides and give residents the opportunity to ask questions, Brower said in a letter to the community. It will also include a video presentation.

“The proposed budget reflects a process of careful and deliberative decision-making ensuring efficiencies at all levels while preserving and enhancing our instructional programs, the quality and quantity of our extra-curricular programs, technology, and facilities upgrades and maintenance,” she said.

See the attached PDF for a copy of the proposed budget.

Below are the proposed figures for the budget:

Budget Category

2010-2011 Actual

2011-2012 Revised

2012-2013 Anticipated

Local Tax Levy




Total Local Repayment of Debt




Total Operating Budget




Total General Current Expense




Total Expenditures




Favorite Teacher March 27, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Did anyone check the math? Increase OVER 8% in Total Expenditures from 2010-2011 2010= $65,641,245 2011=$71,095,320 ---------------------- And Local School Tax increased almost 3% 2010 = 38,379,406 2011 = 39,413,121
Favorite Teacher March 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Four of Lacey's schools are on the state's needs improvement list http://lacey.patch.com/articles/4-lacey-schools-don-t-make-the-grade-on-state-assessment
TP March 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
When is the new contract negotiated??? When will they pay for their health insurance plan valued at $24,000 per year funded by Joe taxpayer?!!! Come on now in the real world we're pay a high percentage of the premium. The taxpayer has now become the "servant" to the public "servants".
Joe Stewart March 28, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Copy of the budget can be found here. I called because it was a little hidden... file:///C:/Users/modonnell/Downloads/2012-13_User_Friendly_budget.htm Here is Bowers Info....note over 4 weeks vacation..12 sick days and 5 personal - What a JOKE! Name Sandra D Brower Job Title Superintendent Annual Salary 167,500 FTE 1.0 Shared with Another District? N Member of Collective Bargaining ? N Contract Terms: Beginning Date of Contract 11/15/2011 Ending Date of Contract 07/01/2016 Annual Work Days 260 Annual Vacation Days 22 Annual Sick Days 12 Annual Personal Days 5 Annual Consulting Days 0 Other Non-working days 0 Description-Other Non-working Days Benefits: Allowances 16,000 Bonuses 25,125 Stipends 0 District Contributions above Teacher amount for: Health Insurance 0 Dental Insurance 0 Life Insurance 0 Other Insurances 3,600 Retirement Plans 0 Post-Employment Benefits 15,000
Pamela Brown ♥ March 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
You DO have a choice. Anyone who is interested in joining the parent led initiative for a free public charter in Lacey should email their contact info ASAP to CreativeStudiesCS@gmail.com , especially those with educational, legal, financial and realty experience. Charters operate OUTSIDE of the "yes board" and parents can propose a charter that looks out for their children's, (not the adults) best interest.


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