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)
BERKELEY HEIGHTS TWP
NEW PROVIDENCE BORO
ROSELLE PARK BORO
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD REG
UNION COUNTY VOCATIONAL
To view more on state aid funding, view http://www.state.nj.us/education/news/2013/0228aid.htm