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Funding to Brick Schools Slashed in State Budget, But Less Than First Proposed

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Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick school officials say they are in a holding pattern, waiting for guidance from the state Department of Education over how to handle a significant cut in funding to the district that was included as part of the state’s 2017 budget.

In a deal hatched between state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), so-called adjustment aid, which Brick received from the state under a previous funding formula, was to have been cut by nearly $2.2 million. The final proposal by the state’s Democratic legislature, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, calls for a reduction of $720,507 in funding instead of the larger cut. The total amount of aid cut was 2 percent of the total.

Adjustment aid, also known as “hold harmless aid,” is funding to districts that, under the formula, do not have a high enough property tax rate. The funding was meant to bridge the gap between what taxpayers were charged and what the state formula assumed they should be charged. That aid was cut in the Sweeney-Prieto deal, which redistributed the money to other school districts that were deemed to be underfunded. Newark and Elizabeth will both receive $5.1 million in additional funding, and Atlantic City will see $4.2 million more. The budget also called for publicly-funded preschool to be expanded in some districts across the state. 

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“At this time we are awaiting word from the [Department of Education] on the exact amount of the cuts,” said interim Brick schools superintendent Dennis Filippone. “Once we have that number we will decide how to address the situation.”

In neighboring Toms River, the funding cut was even worse, to the tune of $1,366,845, but less than the $3.3 million originally proposed.

William Doering, business administrator of the Toms River Regional school district, also said his office was waiting for direction from the state agency on how to proceed.

Toms River Regional Board of Education President Ben Giovine also said officials have reached out to both the state as well as the Ocean County executive superintendent of schools for guidance.

Both the Brick and Toms River districts are ensconced in the same dilemma: the 2017-18 school year budget, as well as the tax rate to go with it, have already been set. The districts may have to adopt new budgets, officials said, and figure out how to account for the cut in funding.


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  • Surfrider

    It should be an easy process. Cut out these high paid administrators, they just simply get in the way of good education and line their own pockets. Any one who thinks these positions “add” to the educational process are mis-informed. WAY TOO high paid and NO BANG for the bucks! Cannot blame this on the repubs, all demo rule on this one!

  • Chief Wahoo

    This is what happens when Paying God knows how many superintendents and then playing musical chairs with public TAKERS for 2 days of work. Fire Gialanella. Edwards. Uszenski And Fillipone and you just about saved the $720,000 robbed from you by Christie. Sweeney and Prieto. Still as always it comes down to what gang of financial thiefs are going to steal your money.

    • JWWW

      Chief, you make perfect sense. Please keep it up!

  • joe costa

    Brick memorial play soccer in Elizabeth they have 2 much money already the soccer field alone probably cost close to 2 million with the stands turf professional score board insane how we are getting robbed again imagine if our mayor was republican instead of a democrat

    • Brian Mirsky

      Not sure if part of that is sarcasm or not. The Mayor (of any town) has virtually nothing to do with the school district. The only way the Mayor could affect the amount of funding a school district has would be to raise or lower taxes. So, if you’re saying our Mayor (a Democrat) is at fault for this somehow (by not being a Republican) – I suppose you’re upset that property taxes are lower than what the standard formula that people like Vincent Prieto and Steve Sweeney are using to determine how much a township gets in aide?

      • joe costa

        Some sarcasm but seriously mark zuckerburg gave newark schools 100 million its gone and were elizabeth has enough to pay for a 2 million plus soccer field they need less support more acceptability funding formula is a scam