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Westfield School District Sees $1 State Aid Increase for 2013-2014

Board of Ed meets to talk budget next on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The Westfield School District will receive $1 more in state aid than it did last year, according to the NJ Department of Education, which released state aid numbers Thursday afternoon.

While the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget released today represents the largest appropriation of K-12 education dollars in the state's history, state aid to the District of Westfield for 2013-14 will total $2,832,317, a zero percent increase over the 2012-2013 figure, which saw a 32.4 percent increase over the 2011-2012 school year. 

The nearby Cranford district also remained flat to last year while the Mountainside district received a 1.2 percent increase. Springfield saw the biggest bump in state aid for all of Union County, netting an 18.3 percent increase over last year.

"(I'm) Disappointed that only an extra dollar could swing Westfield's way," said Westfield Board of Education member Mitch Slater. "We will continue to work hard on the 2013-14 budget and welcome community input at our upcoming budget discussions during our Board Meetings."

The next Board of Ed meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at 302 Elm Street. 

School district business administrator Dana Sullivan was not immediately available for comment.

According to the NJ Department of Education's website, Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget includes nearly $9 billion in state aid, an increase of $97.3 million over Fiscal Year 2013.

"Throughout my time in office I have continuously argued that in order to grow New Jersey's economy we must invest in education, and my proposed budget is a reflection of my commitment to our educational system and communities across the state," said Christie. "However, even as we continue to fund education at the highest levels in state history, we must remain willing to reflect on how we are spending our money and work towards solutions that make every dollar we invest count."

Below is a list of funding to school districts in Union County: 

 

  

 

FY13 Total                       K-12 State Aid

Proj. FY14 Total               K-12 State Aid

Aid Diff (FY14-FY13)

County

District Name

UNION

BERKELEY HEIGHTS TWP

1,123,170

1,123,171

1

UNION

CLARK TWP

1,003,367

1,005,631

2,264

UNION

CRANFORD TWP

2,235,685

2,235,685

0

UNION

ELIZABETH CITY

355,913,522

363,472,698

7,559,176

UNION

GARWOOD BORO

438,027

438,027

0

UNION

HILLSIDE TWP

21,114,645

21,120,809

6,164

UNION

KENILWORTH BORO

4,222,257

4,266,968

44,711

UNION

LINDEN CITY

21,091,314

21,091,314

0

UNION

MOUNTAINSIDE BORO

465,204

470,984

5,780

UNION

NEW PROVIDENCE BORO

841,924

871,537

29,613

UNION

PLAINFIELD CITY

118,407,526

121,223,240

2,815,714

UNION

RAHWAY CITY

20,362,126

20,448,735

86,609

UNION

ROSELLE BORO

23,563,309

23,563,310

1

UNION

ROSELLE PARK BORO

10,423,024

10,423,024

0

UNION

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD REG

2,751,204

2,841,328

90,124

UNION

SPRINGFIELD TWP

1,107,266

1,309,968

202,702

UNION

SUMMIT CITY

1,525,733

1,525,733

0

UNION

UNION COUNTY VOCATIONAL

5,633,936

5,633,936

0

UNION

UNION TWP

30,633,507

30,633,507

0

UNION

WESTFIELD TOWN

2,832,316

2,832,317

1

UNION

WINFIELD TWP

1,618,336

1,657,294

38,958

TOTAL

627,307,398

638,189,216

10,881,818


 

To view more on state aid funding, view http://www.state.nj.us/education/news/2013/0228aid.htm

Lisa B February 28, 2013 at 08:19 PM
So I guess its a 1$ Raise for Teachers when their contract is up?
westfieldfriend February 28, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Remember Dr. Dolan and the BOE to show the tax payers that you have learned from your mistakes and are going to be fiscally responsible. The tax payers passed your bond for roofs which will now increase our taxes. We better not see any increase in budget or teacher raises, 0% across the board. Work with what you have because the tax payers don't have that 2% to give whether the state allows it or not.
Pete February 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Dream on.
larry cary March 01, 2013 at 01:56 PM
When a politician severely cuts the state aid for the school budget in his first year in office, restores a tiny portion of it in his third year, and only increases this inadequate amount by $1 in an election year it can mean only one thing - he assumes he has your vote. Its time for Westfield to wake up and vote for Democratic candidates for our local offices here in town and in the state, if only to send a message to the Republican Party machine that our votes can't and shouldn't be taken for granted.
Josh March 01, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Who do you think is more responsible for a funding formula that sends $363.5 MM to Elizabeth, $121.2 MM to Plainfield, and $2.8 MM to Westfield? Income taxes were originally started in NJ to help fund the schools and provide property tax relief. Westfield residents pay alot in income tax, get almost nothing in return, and never got the promised property tax relief. Also, have you been following what the Union County Democratic machine has been doing to your county property taxes?
Lisa B March 01, 2013 at 03:06 PM
That may be true Mr. Cary- but it is up to your wife and the others on the Board of Education to not strangle the taxpayers either- I agree that this increase is a joke- which is why any increase given to Teachers at their next contract would also be criminal.
Jeff B March 01, 2013 at 03:12 PM
So Elizabeth with a population of 125,000 gets $363.5 million and an increase of $7.6 million, while Westfield with a population of 30,000 gets $2.8 million and an increase of $1. Per capita, Elizabeth gets about $2,900 and Westfield gets less than $100. Talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul - Elizabeth's increase alone is nearly three times what Westfield gets in total. Perhaps Christie should change his party affiliation to more accurately reflect his performance.
Josh March 01, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Jeff, Elizabeth and Plainfield are Abbott districts; the supreme court of NJ has issued decisions that basically set the funding levels. It is not Christie fault.
Natalie R. Krauser McCarthy March 01, 2013 at 04:52 PM
It looks as though some of this is the increase due to the Abbott School District scenario. Those dollars are also used to pay for the "free pre-school / pre-k" offered. We pay a lot in property taxes (there are not many single family homeowners in Plainfield) and get even less. It's still not a fair formula I agree.
GOP Insider March 01, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Time to vote G.R.I.P. VOTE OUT INCUMBANT POLITICIANS? Start in Westfield with Skibitsky. He has served his two terms and has the gall to run again against the unwritten rule that a mayor serve two terms and then let someone else lead for a change. Skibitsky has had a chance to run the town for 8 years ever since they extended the term of Westfield's moyor and council members. Go back to the 2 year or 3 year term. Or, bring back Garland "Bud" Boothe, or Mayor Bagger. Republicans that got respect.
c March 02, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, etc GIVE and Elizabeth and Plainfield TAKE. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!"- Karl Marx. The government runs the school system. This is the "fair share".

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