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BOE to Meet for Budget Discussion Tonight

Meeting will take place at BTHS library

The Brick Board of Education will meet Monday to discuss the 2012-13 school budget.

Last week, the board rejected a budget proposal put forth by the school district administration that would have increased the tax levy on residents.

"We basically told them to go back to the drawing board," said Board President Sharon Kight.

Kight said the board is seeking to keep the tax rate flat in this year's budget.

The administration's budget proposal would have remained within the state's 2 percent cap on expenditures, however Kight said it would have essentially used up the entire amount by which taxes could be raised without triggering a referendum.

Because the board has moved its election to November, only budgets that exceed the cap will necessitate a referendum.

Kight said the purpose of Monday night's meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the library, will be to go over the budget and see where money can be saved.

Once the board approves a budget, it will be sent to the Ocean County Executive Superintendent of Schools for final approval before the tax levy can be certified.

Mike R March 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Is this an open meeting?
JHill March 12, 2012 at 05:13 PM
C'mon-we can't afford to pay for students and education! We have a 15 million dollar park to pay for!
Daniel Nee (Editor) March 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Sarcasm noted, but for the benefit of everyone, the two have nothing to do with one another. The township and the school district operate on two separate budgets, managed by two separate bodies (the township council and the Board of Education). School funding is not, and cannot, be used for a project such as Traders Cove.
10% Tax Cut NOW March 12, 2012 at 08:43 PM
It could be used for Building renovations,ball field upgrades,repairing and replacing the running track at Memorial or the bleachers at old Brick how about maintaining and caring for the land fill in Old Brick's Court Yard area. or assist with handicap accesabilty around the BTHS but no our Board allowed the use of $ 43K+ for an electronic message board on Chambersbridge Road in front of the High School. I know it that it wasn't part of the budget but it could have been used more wisely.
Seen Enough March 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM
How about $17,000 to pay a consulting firm to find a new Superintendent??? Everyone in the education arena already knows the position is open. Why do we need to pay someone $17,000 to screen resumes. Just have the resumes sent to the Board. Aren't they qualified to read a resume? If not they should not be on the Board hiring consultants to do their jobs. $17,000 and when the contract is up whoever is on the board then will have a reason not to renew the contract. Then we can start the process over and spend $20,000 on a consultant, What a novel idea! Hey Kight and Talty ever wonder how much mold can be cleaned with $17,000????
Daniel Nee (Editor) March 13, 2012 at 01:25 AM
It was $9,800. There was an option to go with a different plan that was $17,300, however.
Seen Enough March 13, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Dan, thank you for the correction, either way I can't understand why this can't be done internally. This search is NOT a secret. Have them send the resumes to the BOE building. DONE! In 2 or 3 years when the contract is not renewed we will be traveling down the same road again. I understand its not a lot of money but we have to start somewhere and this one is easy if egos, grandstanding and pre agenda meetings don't get in the way. Just do it, work together and get it done. As an aside I have to congratulate you Dan. Some how you have managed to place 4 stories in the headline section and we don't have any of the know it all, constant complainers chiming in. It was a breath of fresh air to read the Patch today!
Kevin Koch March 13, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Referendums do not matter.. This is Brick, home where referendums are voted upon then ignored...
joseph March 13, 2012 at 03:34 AM
No increase in School Tax for this coming year.

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