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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

38,379,406

39,413,121

40,090,630

Total Local Repayment of Debt

5,065,599

5,122,788

5,028,138

Total Operating Budget

57,593,870

64,642,232

64,216,897

Total General Current Expense

57,211,686

64,082,522

63,728,015

Total Expenditures

65,641,245

71,095,320

70,599,335

Oscar Wilde March 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
another $100 INCREASE !!!!..... on top of the freeloaders county increase..... PROPERTY TAX REVOLT !!!!!! BEFORE YOU WAKE UP HOMELESS !!!!!
ynot March 26, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Monday’s budget meeting, in which the board will vote to adopt the budget....not one no vote from the YES BOARD
Superstar4Ever March 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM
@ynot....Things will change when the Board Members are elected in November...The PTA, Superintendent, and NJEA will no longer control the votes. Maybe the next board will be more responsive to the Taxpayers.
tr March 26, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Thank you Lacey Patch for the PDF file very helpful and informative, especially for us taxpayers out of state on business today. BUT, these are the BOE's dollar numbers as to why the taxpayer will be paying over 63% of their property tax bill to the BOE. The district website still has the 2010 school STATE REPORT CARD(2 years old) on it that shows DECREASING ENROLLMENT and all the other NUMBERS that show PERFORMANCE justifying or not justifying that 63%. I see that the cost per pupil, has gone slightly down on page 7, if enrollment has also continued downward, how has total education costs gone up??? How can cost increases be accepted without PERFORMANCE being able to be reviewed by who is paying the bills? How does the taxpayer know that they are getting their monies worth without measurement values? Is the DROPOUT RATE still higher in Lacey than the state average?? Simple question isn't it?
Superstar4Ever March 26, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Good points tr. With the decreasing enrollment has the professional staff been reduced in proportion?
mb March 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Lacey residents pay some of the lowest taxes in the county and people still complain. Even when the school board does the following: "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" It's amazing.
Superstar4Ever March 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Maybe if they shut off the HS lights at night to save money; and maybe if they cleaned up the HS; and maybe if controlled the drug problem...they would have more credibility with the Taxpayers.
Favorite Teacher March 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Zero? Must be the "new math" Local Tax Levy 2010 = $38,379,406 2011 = $39,413,121 Total Expenditures 2010= $65,641,245 2011=$71,095,320
Joe Stewart March 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
EVERYONE READ THIS! Our school is ridiculous. OK, here it is. In order to stop the children from smoking in the bathroom, our school administration, in their infinite wisdom, have closed half the bathrooms in the school and posted a monitor outside each of the ones that are open. In fact, there are no two bathrooms, boys and girls, that are open next to each other, so we need 2 times the number than if they opened two next to each other. Now, here comes the crazy part! Each of these monitors is not a minimum wage worker, they are Substitute teachers making $60-$80 per day. It gets better......The cost associated with this brainless project at 8 monitors@$80 per day = $640 per week. Now, sit down for this one.......that translates into $115,000 per year (180 day school year) to make sure that our kids don't smoke in the bathroom. A little excessive you say! A $5.4M increase...Are you kidding.
Joe Stewart March 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Here's the next laugh. It took me all of about 2 days and 1 hour to get pricing for the most state of the art device available....A cigarette smoke detector, which is the same as those used on airplanes. Not only will it detect the person smoking, but it will activate an audible sound in the bathroom and trigger a pager that comes with them! This is a prime example of our administration spending OPM (other people's money). These detectors come in all shapes and sizes. The entire system for the high school...ready......$3,500. A whopping $111,500 savings off the bottom line. I'm pretty sure that cigarette smoking defense is not a line item on the budget. Oh, these monitors sit there all day and play on IPADS and read books. Next possible problem that comes to mind......are there any state regulations that dictate how many bathrooms must be available given the number of children? Anyone wishing to view the quotes and additional information, pleas e-mail me at parentforstudents@hotmail.com
tr March 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
IF the Board Of Education has agreed to offset the cost of crossing guards to HELP the taxpayers of Lacey, WHY NOT use the same crossing guards during the school day to monitor bathrooms, hallways, stairways , locker rooms, maintenance facilities, and teachers lounges to address smoking and drug use in the schools???? This could be done periodically, randomly and unannounced to ALL the school district staff, parents, and Board of Education members so that the advantage of SURPRISE is not comprimised. It would be controlled completely by the Chief of Police with back-up officers on the parking lots, ready to enforce code violators, and thus create Township income through the court system. All they need is time, concern, and cell phones. There is no limitations on them being around students, like with dogs and they are less expensive than police officers and substitute teachers. This and Joe Stewards post seem to be positive methods of controlling or reducing expenses. I hope someone mentions them tonight. I would but, out of town, unfortunately for my tax bill, maybe fortunately for the BOE???.
Superstar4Ever March 26, 2012 at 05:42 PM
We are stuck with a BOE and SOS who can't think outside of the box. All parties are in over their heads....just a matter of time before they all go down in November elections.
robert pietruska March 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
How about some real math? The proposed tax increase for this school year is 1.7 %. This equates to an approximately <.6 % increase for the last 3 years. Considering the ever increasing costs that plague the school system every year, I believe the Board of Education has done an outstanding job in controlling spending. The children of Lacey are receiving a quality education from teachers who are dedicated and want their students to be the very best. I am a senior on a fixed income, but I do understand the value of a great education and this miniscule increase is a necessity for the children of lacey.
Oscar Wilde March 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
you should be a good candidate for a Nigerian phone scam
FR Grown March 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
RP. I got this bridge in Brooklyn you can have real cheap...
Joe Stewart March 26, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Let's not attack here. I would agree with him that our kids are getting a pretty good education. I know mine are. The reality of it is that there is a group of uminformed people in Lacey that think the administration is doing a good job. That is not the case.
billy jones March 26, 2012 at 07:02 PM
1.7 percent increase is nothing compared to the wonderful job these people are doing. I wouldn't even care if it was more. Lacey taxes are low as it is. You have to pay for the better things in life sometimes. I personally don't mind at all.
FR Grown March 26, 2012 at 07:07 PM
And neither do the teachers.
FR Grown March 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
They should shut off the lights during the day and the place wouldn't look so dirty.
Joe Stewart March 26, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Billy...maybe you can pay my taxes then. Bottom line is that the teachers aren't where the money is being wasted and if you think the administration is doing a great job, you live in a cave.
paddler March 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Thank you, Elaine. I can't tell you how many emails I've sent and done the same thing!
billy jones March 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The administration is doing an excellent job your right. When you pay more taxes for our childrens future and wisdom it is money well spent.
Silver dollar March 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I just came from the BOE budget meeting Only 1 member of the public asked a question Where were all of thoes with negitive comments It seems there all talk and no show Well it seems we are all happy with the tax increase so be it
Joe Stewart March 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
First of all, I agree that $100 increase is not that much, but when you WASTE $115,000 checking bathrooms, it shows that it could be avoided. Unfortunately, they hires substitute teachers so that it inaccurately represents that this money is used for teaching when it should show that it is being spent foolishly! You can't tell me they don't do this on purpose!
Favorite Teacher March 27, 2012 at 03:46 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 03:47 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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