The waiting game is over. State figures released from Gov. Chris Christie's office this week indicate that the Montclair School District will receive more than $6.5 million in state school aid for the 2012-2013 year that starts July 1.
That amount represents a nice jump from the $5.7 million received from the state by the Montclair district this year and is good news for a Board of Education about to dive into the budget process for 2012-2013 at its next meeting on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Montclair School Board President Shelly Lombard confirmed that the district received about $800,000 more than it did last year.
"I know that some have commented that Christie's budget is too optimistic and I know some districts lost money," she said. "So I have no idea whether we can count on this $800,000 every year going forward."
Overall, the majority of school districts received a slight increase in state aid, with the state average at a 1.8% increase. For Essex County, the average increase was just .4%, with Newark at a slight decrease of .1% and the East Orange district receiving the biggest reduction at almost $3 million, representing a decrease of 1.7% in their state funding.
Suburban districts in Essex county fared better, with Cedar Grove's aid increased by 31.2%, Glen Ridge increasing by 34.4%, Livingston receiving a 31.7% increase and Verona's aid increased by 35.8%.
For a full list of the state aid allocation, click here.