BOE Puts Roof Replacements On The Ballot
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The Midland Park Board of Education will put forth a $20 million budget in the April 16 school election, plus a second question to fund roof repairs and replacements in the district's three schools. The board voted to approve the introduction of the tentative budget at its March 5 meeting. A formal hearing will be held March 26 at 8pm at Highland School.
The proposed 2013-14 school budget reflects a 1.95 percent increase to the tax levy or approximately $350,000. If approved a home assessed at $300,000 will pay an additional $8.24 a month or $98.88 a year and a home assessed at $400,000 will will pay $10.99 more a month or $131.88 more a year for the school's portion of the tax bill. The amount of aid the district will receive from the state is $591,146, which is the same as last year's figures.
The second question asks for a one-time additional funding of $955,075 to be used exclusively for partial roof replacements at Godwin, Highland and Midland Park Junior-Senior High schools. If approved, the average home assessed at $300,000 will see an increase of $22.46 a month or $269.52 for the year, and a home assessed at $400,000 will see an increase of $29.99 a month or $359.88 for the year for the second question alone. If passed by the voters, the increase would be for one year only.
According to Board of Education Trustee Robert Schiffer, the district decided to go out for the additional funds to fix the roofs because they are in very poor shape. If approved, the project will complete the roof at Highland and Godwin schools, and at least half of the replacement that needs to be done at the junior-senior high.
"We had many comments from residents that we should go out for second questions to address specific projects [from the failed referendum]," Schiffer explained. "This is a major job and it needs to be done."
The tentative budget will be presented in a formal budget hearing on March 26 at 8pm at Highland School. Prior to being placed on the ballot, the budget must first be approved by the County Business Administrator and County Executive. It will be published in the newspapers and posted on the school website for review.
Candidate Drops Out Of Race
Also at the meeting, it was announced that one of the four candidates who filed petitions to run for the school board has dropped out of the race. Frank Post withdrew his candidacy on Monday, according to school officials. The three incumbents, Sandra Criscenzo, Richard Formicola and Brian McCourt will run unopposed for the three, three year terms.