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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.

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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