Tuesday, June 11, 2013
New Jersey school board members are not elected or appointed to solve problems, state rep says.
If there was one takeaway for Montclair Board of Education members from Monday night's workshop meeting it was this — don't micro-manage. That message was delivered by Gwen Thornton, a field representative of New Jersey School Boards, who made a presentation about the role of the school board in the state. Board members across the state have prescribed roles, Thornton said, which all boil down to one goal — “To make sure the district is well run, but not to run the district.” Thornton reminded Montclair board members the school board only has power as a body. “You cannot be out and about solving problems,” she said. “The job of the board is to take these problems to administration.” Parents are inevitably going to come to board members …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Check out the stories that made headlines this week in Montclair
The Montclair School District’s $114 million school budget passed Thursday night and included no tax increase. Two Montclair men charged in the murder of a 21-year-old Villanova University student on Williams Street last year pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Newark Superior Court. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) stopped by Montclair’s municipal building on Monday and told local officials he will do everything he can to help the township acquire the former Social Security Office Building sitting vacant on Bloomfield Avenue. Montclair's teachers union agreed to a tentative contract agreement early Wednesday morning. The Montclair Board of Education will have at least one new face in May. Three members of the board have come to the end …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Board of School Estimate also approved $116,000 in bonds to help pay for $2.7 million worth of districtwide capital projects.
The Montclair School District’s $114 million school budget passed Thursday night and included no tax increase. The Board of School Estimate unanimously voted to approve the school budget put together by the Board of Education. The $114 million overall budget is 3.3-percent higher than the 2012-13 budget, and $97,509,698 will be raised from taxpayers. Mayor Robert Jackson, who is on the Board of School Estimate, said the board made no substantive changes to the budget that was proposed by the Board of Education in February, but noted some adjustments could be made later. “There could be some maneuvering still, but I think it was a good job of addressing our needs,” said Jackson. “Moving forward, it certainly addresses the objectives […
Monday, January 28, 2013
Check out the upcoming agenda.
Monday, January 28
The Montclair School Board will meet on Monday. The board will convene at 7:30 p.m. in the George Inness Annex, 141 Park St. The full agenda for the upcoming meeting can be found by clicking here.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The proposed budget includes no increase to the tax levy
Compared with last year's rough waters, this year's budget process should be smooth sailing based on what was presented at Monday night's school board meeting. As expected, the proposed operating district budget for the 2012-2013 school year is about $114 million, or about 2.4 percent higher than the $111 million spending plan approved by the board last March. Board members noted that they wouldn't approve a budget that would increase property taxes. Whereas last year the budget process was dominated by talks of layoffs, cuts in programs, and even possible school closings, this year's presentation included a string of good news. For example, the school district will receive about $800,000 more in state aid than was previously expected …