Even after criticism from school board members and advocates, the school district has no plans to release the preliminary budget document until after it is approved by the Passaic County superintendent of schools.
Under fiscal strains from state underfunding and charter school expansions, the city’s school district is planning to sell four school buildings to generate an anticipated $11.35 million in revenue.
The city’s preliminary school budget approved on Wednesday night contains a 2-percent school tax levy increase, according to district officials.
After receiving criticism for its handling of the budget, the Paterson school board has scheduled a special meeting on Wednesday.
The city’s school district is receiving $401.43 million – same as last year – in education funding for 2017-18, according to the New Jersey Department of Education.
After more than 25 years of state control, the city’s school district could regain local control this year, according to school board president Christopher Irving. Irving said the state is committed to returning the two remaining areas – instruction and program; and governance – by this summer if the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) review…
The longest serving member of the city’s school board was blasted by his colleagues for backing a failed proposal to move the Board of Education elections back to April and making critical remarks on the cancellation of a scheduled budget planning meeting.