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Westfield School District Gets State Aid Increase of $693,074

District increase represents a 32.4 percent increase over last year.

The Westfield School District will receive a 32.4 percent increase in state aid, according to the NJ Department of Education, which released state aid numbers Thursday afternoon

State aid to the District for 2012-13 will total $2,832,316, an increase of $693,074 over the 2011-2012 figure.

Other Union County towns that saw large increases were Springfield, with an increase of 41.6 percent, and Clark, with a 35.6 percent increase.

“Since taking office, one of my greatest priorities has been working to ensure that every child in the state receives a high quality education that will prepare them for the demands of the 21st century,” Governor Christie said in a press release issued by his office. “In addition to increasing overall spending on education to the highest levels in state history, we can and will go further to implement common sense ways that will make every education dollar count. If we truly want to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, graduate from high school ready for college and career, the money needs to follow the child.”

Total K-12 formula aid throughout the state for the 2013 fiscal year amounted to $7.8 billion, an increase of $135 million over 2012, the largest increase in New Jersey history, according to the press release.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan was not available for comment Thursday afternoon.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in Cafeteria A. The agenda will include a presentation on technology goals for the district. The Board will also discuss the results of parent input regarding the 2013-14 school calendar. 

NJD February 24, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Thanks so much Governor Christie. Too bad we haven't forgotten that you took 93% of our state funding away 2 years ago. Slowly giving back bits and pieces of what was once ours does not constitute "working to ensure that every child in the state receives a high quality education that will prepare them for the demands of the 21st century,” This is NOT a governor who values education!!
Sally McBride March 01, 2012 at 07:24 PM
we should get $0 in state "aid". They should just reduce the income tax, and if a town wants more moneym raise the property taxes. Makes no sense what so ever to take my money and then expect me to be happy because you give some of it back. It is only done so people do not realize that most towns pay more than they get and the rest of us are supporting a few towns
Off Her Rocker March 01, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Well at least we know now that good old Sally is not a property tax payer since she is all for raising property taxes. Sally, time for you to ring the front desk at your assisted living residence and tell them you need your daily dose of reality.

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