LAST CHANCE Tonight to Comment on BOE Budget

Tonight's hearing will be the last chance you will get to comment before adoption of the 2012-2013 schools budget


Tonight is your LAST CHANCE to comment on the Board of Education’s budget for the 2012-2013 school year.

The Montclair Board of Education a 2012-2013 budget of $114 million earlier this month that includes no tax increase, no decreases to current programs or staff, and allows millions from the fund balance to be used for tax reduction down the road.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez said the budget also will allow the district to spend $828,315 to hire a dozen full- or part-time teachers or staff. The plan is to hire three student counselors at the elementary level, two middle school literacy teachers, and two teachers for the small learning communities at Montclair High School, among other employees.

But the budget does not include additional support for the Adult School of Montclair or allow for the hiring of foreign language teachers at the elementary level.

Tonight's meeting of the Board of School Estimate will be the last public hearing on the budget before the board takes a final vote and submits the budget to county officials. The agenda can be found here for the 7 p.m. meeting that will take place in the George Inness Annex atrium at the Montclair High School. The meeting also will be aired live on local access Channel 34.

On Monday, April 2, the Board of School Estimate will vote on the budget at a 7 p.m. meeting. The budget will then be submitted to the County Superintendent of Schools on Thursday, April 5.


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