South Orange-Maplewood Board of Ed to Discuss Budget Again Monday Night

by The Village Green
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The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meets for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. On the agenda once again is the 2015/16 budget.

At the March 12 budget workshop, the Board discussed going further over the 2% cap by scrapping a proposal to cut an elementary school reading intervention specialist while still proposing to eliminate world languages from the elementary schools. In addition, several members of the public took to the microphone to ask the district to increase its funding to the Seth Boyden Elementary School.

Read the report of the March 12 budget workshop here.

Read the entire budget presentation here.

Read the report on the March 4 budget workshop here.

To give comments and feedback on the budget, email budget@somsd.k12.nj.us. The email will be delivered to all Board of Education members.

The Board of Education will adopt the preliminary budget to send to the county at its meeting on Monday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. On Monday, April 27, the board will hold a public hearing and will vote on the final budget and the tax levy.

The March 16 Board of Education agenda is as follows:

7:35 PM SUPERINTENDENT’S MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORT ON DISTRICT GOALS
7:45 PM PRESIDENT’S UPDATE ON BOARD GOALS
UPDATE ON THE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS
7:50 PM HEARING OF INDIVIDUALS AND DELEGATIONS
Please note that Public Speaks is not a time for dialogue with the Board of Education – It is an opportunity for you to share a comment with the Board of Education.  In addition, by law, administrators and Board of Education members are not permitted to publicly discuss personnel matters, student discipline, or other issues requiring confidentiality.  While we may not respond to comments, all input shared with the Board of Education is taken very seriously, and will inform future deliberations and work by the Board of Education and its committees.
DISCUSSION
  • New Jersey Department of Education Performance Reports and CHS PSAT results
  • 2015-2016 Budget
  • Policy 2431: Athletic Competition – 1st reading
  • Policy 0151: Organization Meeting – 2nd reading
  • Policy 2260.1: Cultural Competency – 2nd  reading
  • Policy 5533: Public Smoking – 2nd  reading
  • Committee Reports

The full agenda and documents for the meeting can be found here:
https://nj.somsd.schoolboard.net/node/3148

Find information on watching a broadcast of the meeting here https://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/page/33.

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