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Local, Regional Schools Expect to Get More Money from State

Gov. Chris Christie's budget proposal includes more money for Gloucester Township Public Schools and Black Horse Pike Regional School District.

The Gloucester Township and Black Horse Pike Regional school districts are slated to receive more money from the state next year than they did for the current school year.

"I'm pleased to report to you that state aid figures were released today, and we did receive an increase in state aid. So, notwithstanding the federal cuts, if we do get those reductions, I think the increase in state aid might mitigate those," GTPS interim Superintendent John Bilodeau said Thursday evening.

Bilodeau was of course referring to the highly publicized federal sequester set to take effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight (March 1) should Congress fail to reach a compromise. New Jersey would receive about $28 million less for education from the federal government under sequestration.

State aid offsets the amount of money raised by taxation within school districts.

Under Gov. Christie's budget proposal, Gloucester Township Public Schools would receive $50,719,029 in state aid in support of its 2013-14 budget. That's a 1.6 percent increase over the $49,921,110 it received for 2012-13.

Black Horse Pike Regional School District would receive $33,302,667 under the budget proposal. That represents a 1.7 percent increase over the $32,734,689 the district received in support of Highland, Timber Creek and Triton high schools for 2012-13.

“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,” Christie said in a statement. “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.”

Eight Camden County school districts are not slated to receive a bump in state aid from 2012-13 to 2013-14, and Pennsauken's increase is only $1.

Without action from Congress, the sequester would go into effect automatically at 11:59 p.m. tonight (March 1), reducing spending by New Jersey in a number of areas, including education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement, the White House said.

Great Job Gt March 02, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Paula, (aka BORING BLOGS) is it investigating or investing. Keep your day job and get a better hobby.......You are boring.
stephbelch March 02, 2013 at 02:16 PM
My son's first grade class only gets $100 dollars for the year to purchase materials needed in a room of 23 students. There is never enough tissues, pencils, paper, or glue. My 6th grader is not allowed to bring his text book home to study bc "there is only 25 or so books assigned to each class that stays in the classroom." What makes anyone think, including Christie, that this money is going to be allocated to the kids? By the Tim Bilodeu and his chronies finish putting their hands in the pot, teachers are still not going to have the proper materials needed and our test scores are still going to be bellow average.
Jeff March 02, 2013 at 03:01 PM
More state aide because the Mayor and his friends invited Camden in to the township and they bought lots of kids. The township is a slum thanks to Mayor Mayer $$$$$
Paul J. DiBartolo March 02, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Must have been a Freudian slip on my part (BTW, I get that you probably have no idea of what I am talking about). BTW, good idea staying away from the contractions in your writing since your sixth-grade education did not address such topics yet...You're becoming much more readable. Now you need to get off the redundancy shtick. Try to branch out into a few more areas and you might actually have a chance of posting a meaningful comment.
Debbie Shinn March 03, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Seqestration put an end to this funding as well as alot of Sandy Relief funding. It's gone, maybe some of it will come back following congressional actions but I would not hold my breath.... Education got gutted.......
Paul J. DiBartolo March 03, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Here's what I don't understand, and maybe Debbie can help. Government spending has doubled over the past ten, or so, years. So in ten years we went from spending X to spending 2X. Now we're realizing that we can't sustain such spending when we have to borrow or print 40-cents of every dollar we spend so everybody, well, at least most, agree that we need to deal with some of the out-of-control and wasteful spending. The answer, let's reduce our spending by about 2.3%. The sky is falling...the sky is falling... We raise spending by 100% and then can't find 2.3% to cut? Given the numbers I used above I would like to manipulate the formula to get a better understanding. Let's benchmark where we are and go from there in both directions - backwards and forwards. We are currently spending X (that's about 3.5 trillion). Going back ten years we used to spend 0.5X (that's 1.75 trillion) - so we've doubled spending. Time to trim the fat; can we find 0.023X to cut? That's about 80 billion. Is that really going to destroy the country? President Grant (non-war time) had a staff of three. That grew to 33 under Hoover. Admittedly, things exploded under Roosevelt during the 2nd World War but settled down again after the war. Under Obama, as reported in 2011, the president's staff had grown to 454. Do we really need a Green Job's Czar? Can anyone here justify that position and document what this individual has actually done for us? I think I know where we can start to find that 0.023X.
Debbie Shinn March 03, 2013 at 05:44 PM
You may not like my answer but here we go. We need to trim fat, we need to cur spending, we need to address the deficit. BUT, we need to do it reasonably and smart. Sequestration is a hatchet, not a knife. I won't go into the little cuts that will affect many people in the wrong way. Let's just agree we cannot and should not take a hatchet to defence when we have our kids on the front line. That said, we need to balance cuts with revenues. If one more person grabs thier chest and shouts you cannot raise taxes on the job creators, I'm gonna puke.
Debbie Shinn March 03, 2013 at 05:47 PM
people avoid taxes in many ways, loop holes is one, over seas is the other. The biggest way? Just declare yourself a Corporation or LLC. You can then avoid lots of taxes and take advantage of subsidies that just go into your pocket. I believe the SCOTUS was referring to the minions when they declared Corportions as people. In that light? They were correct. Cut with balance. Revenues and cuts. Sorry, just one opinion but you did ask.
Debbie Shinn March 03, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Potential staff #'s I think since most of his appointments remain unconfirmed...
Paul J. DiBartolo March 03, 2013 at 06:10 PM
No, Debbie, that was a documented number for 2011. I'm sure it has grown since then and, yes, there might be some of those unconfirmed but that number stands.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 03, 2013 at 06:15 PM
If you remember, Debbie, sequestration was Obama's answer to the problem back when he was crying for more money. The Congress went along with him because he promised we would have no problem finding ways to cut spending reasonably and do it right, as you say, and not be forced to use the hatchet of sequestration. How'd that work out? First he said he wanted it and it would work it out but when the deadline came he tried to blame the Republicans when he refused to go for any cuts but wanted to deal with it though added taxation. You just can't have it both ways.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 03, 2013 at 06:27 PM
You must misunderstand me, Debbie, of course we can cut spending...I'm frustrated that the amount they want to cut is only 2.3%, a mere pittance, and they still can't find a way to do that. Unfortunately, our president has gotten more mileage out of demonizing the productive in this country by pitting a group of people who pay little to no taxes against those who pay the lion's share of taxes and suggesting that they don't pay their fair share. It's called a bald-faced lie because he knows that it's not true. If we spend 33% more that we take in (tax revenue and the like) than we need to work at it until we've cut spending by 33%. Can you do it at your house any other way? It's a crime what we are doing to the future generations of America by shifting the burden of the costs for our lifestyles onto their shoulders to the tune of nearly $17 trillion with no end in sight. Somebody should go to jail for what is going on. You can be sure of one thing, as the dollar continues to be devalued until we reach the point where people are unable to afford necessities, the people will take to the streets...and that's not a threat it's an observation.
Debbie Shinn March 03, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Agreed, our POTUS and congress just can't get it right for many reasons. Bottom line, they are both sides equally to blame. The POTUS comes off looking better because he is the POTUS. Elections have consequences. The POTUS gets electred by (I'd love to say the country) but! about 7 states. Memebers of Congress and the Senate only need to pander to thier perspective state constiuents. Since I cannot get rid of John Beonor (sp) or Harry Reed to be fair, the POTUS is the person I will support or question. In 2011 summer? I was behind the POTUS. Sequestration? For me? A republican issue, agreed to under duress to avoid a financial meltdown. I know we won't agree but that's how I see it. Gotta run, gettin yelled at!!!!
Paul J. DiBartolo March 03, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Here's the thing, I think all the blame-shifting has begun to back up on POTUS and this might be one he will have to face because people are tiring of the blame-game. Seriously, Debbie, think about this before answering if you choose to do so, given all the debacles we have faced as a country in the last four, or so, years, can you honestly think of one where POTUS actually stood up and owned the failure without trying to shift the blame elsewhere? For instance, we know unemployment was bad and everything hit the fan at the end of Bush's watch...but Obama promised to fix the economy and used numbers,; no one forced him to do that. When his whole plan failed miserably it was never laid a t his feet, he never owned the failure, he just kept making excuses and that's where we stand today. How many more established businesses do we have to watch shut down before we start questioning Obama the Great? Ignore the man behind the curtain.
Great Job Gt March 03, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Paul and Debbie I believe we're are on the same page finally on this. School districts are a major part of high taxes. I believe we need to give common sense solutions to the board to bring down the over all spending. I will be honest something needs to be done. I think if everyone gets serious on this issue we can make a difference.
Andre Bademos March 03, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Paul I have a question when you say presidents should go to jail I am wondering which one/ones you mean ?
Andre Bademos March 03, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Debbie is correct about the declaring yourself an LLC she must have watched the Mitt Romney documentary
Paul J. DiBartolo March 04, 2013 at 01:46 AM
While the presidents share the blame, some more than others, they are not the main problem. The House of Reps must approve all spending bills and the Senate is responsible to put forth a budget...how's that worked out the last four years? There's plenty of blame and it's time to cut our losses. The Tea Party gets blamed for our woes but they elected people who promised to stop the spending and stop raising taxes. The borrowing and printing must come to an end and we must live within our means. America used to be known as a country where everyone pulled his/her own weight. Boy, did we get lost somewhere. Defense is the work of the governement but that seems to be the place that everyone wants to cut. As for, so-called, entitlements...try this on for size: "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Washington become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." Who said that? Marcus Tullius Cicero said it and I substituted the word Washington for Rome. Hey, if the shoe fits... "Julius Caeser began the Roman tradition of doling out free food to those who needed it. At that time the number of recipients was 320,000; towards the end of the Empire it is estimated that a full two-thirds of the population of Rome were receiving free food" (Cowell). Sound familiar?
Debbie Shinn March 04, 2013 at 01:56 AM
I will agree that too any people have just lost there way, hope if you want to really idenify it andn have worked there way on the so called GVMT DOLE!!! You can't ever ever ever get them off!! Accept it! Hate it? But accept it and move on.. Now, how do you keep more people from making the same choice so eventually the overall numbers are reduced over time by attrition? Give people something to do, something to work for. Reduce the deficit, improve the economy, get people working for fair wagesm and YES with health care. You can't tax people how have nothing to tax. NO, it's not fair that you and I are left sholdering the load for them. BUT, here's where my DEMOCRAT comes out.
Debbie Shinn March 04, 2013 at 02:04 AM
The weathy. They have benefitted from the opportunities this Country offered them. And they believe the best way to give back is through charitable contributions they demand a tax credity for? REALLY? Alot of these wealthy business owners, I mean the wealthy ones made thier money from businesses that were subsidized byyou and me, or the gvmt!! WE are the GOVERNMENT!! I'm down now from my soapbox, sorry. There is a real weath disparity in this Country that has always been there, but never this obvious. WHY has nobody ever gone to jail for what happened in 2008? I know I was robbed a large chunk of my wealth, what about you!! I don't have the answers but I know the discussion is just not pointed enough. I'm open to anything once I know somebody beside Bernie Madoff and Martha Stewart went to jail. Tax the wealthy!!!!
Debbie Shinn March 04, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Sorry, I did not answer your question. I agree that the POTUS says the buck stops here but never bends down to touch it. Even if he did Paul, would that help you feel better? NO! Actions only will relieve the angst and pain people feel. The POTUS ane both houses need to get thier excrement together and do something!! Anything!!,
Debbie Shinn March 04, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Yes GT, I agree. The very first thing that must be done is reduce the number of school districts in this state. There in lies the initial problem. State residence want something done about all the districts, but not mine. We need to get past the NIMBY mentality before we can find the ball, let alone move it.
Jeff March 04, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Jersey has loads of wasteful spending and puppets that are to scarred to stand up Administrators for every grade with a staff. What happened to one principal and one Vice principal Then you have greedy politicians and their home builders and packed section 8 instant federal money. Most of these slumlords are These politicos and part of this broken system. You want that HUD money and let people live like crap for the almighty dollar Poorly planned throughout the past 20 years and still poorly planned. One track minds. Camden has moved into gloucester township and they bought the kids to pay the elected and participating slumlords with that federal HUD money. High pay administrators and uneducated councilman getting paid.
Jeff March 04, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Lets not forget PR firms to cover up sex scandals at Triton to save the Mayor and his pathetic township from embarrassment. Money that will remain with wade long and Kennedy and then in the Mayors campaign contribution Predictable and pathetic.
Jeff March 04, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Reduce school districts yes but what about the overpacked schools. Gloucester township has a lot of kids in this district because of greed and poor planning. South jersey is backwards. It has always been.
Jeff March 04, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Is that covering Mercados salary
Custodian Bill Foster March 06, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I need more $$ to clean the messy toilets. My "johnny mop" expenses are on the rise!
Custodian Bill Foster March 13, 2013 at 04:14 PM
When are custodians and maintenance going to be shown respect by having their negotiations APART from the teachers and bus drivers? Let's stop comparing apples and oranges. Our jobs are much different than theirs! We work hard 12 months a year.
TRACEY ABBOTT April 23, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The Board is cutting pay in half for our childrens' One on One aides and all other aides too. These people make a very small salary. No paid Holidays ,No Health Insurance, No sick time. Yet they are ABA trained and have worked with Special needs children and children who need help for years here. So the Board wants to cut their pay ? How about we cut from the top cut people who really 'aren't doing anything to directly help the Childrens' Education. If we cut just One Supervisor we can pay the salary for 6 Aides for a whole year. And we don't need to hire Consultants and pay them to to do the work the Supervisors already get paid to do.
Diane Kozak May 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM
I have lived in Gloucester Twp for over 50 yrs. First, I would like to say that I chose to have my children attend the Glou. Twp. schools up thru the 8th grade. They all went to a private high school for personal reasons. They have all received a very good education/ inc. college. My youngest daughter was the valedictorian of St. Joseph's University. I am very sad to read the results of the schools' ratings presently in Glou. Twp. I am not blaming the teachers however, they do make a good salary in comparison to many other districts. That being said- everyone Dems and Reps must work on improving our schools to bring them back to where they were and it has nothing to do with who lives where. There are very successful inner city schools in Phila. And I read something about not having enough supplies for the kids- well, my grandchildren attend a private school and the teachers make a lot less money and they buy their own supplies for their classroom. Everyone needs to stop complaining about everyone else (including teachers, parents, administration, politicians) and work together to get our schools back to where they were. I went to the schools in Glou. Twp. many years ago and I was very proud to have attended Glou. Twp. schools.

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