State Aid Increases by $1 in Montville

Another Morris County school district sees 17.7 percent increase in 2013-14 aid.

Some say something's better than nothing.

Montville Township Public Schools will see state aid increased in 2013-14 by a single dollar over the current year, according to figures presented by Gov. Chris Christie Thursday.

While Montville received $1,755,582 in state aid in the 2012-13 year, the district will receive $1,755,583 in 2013-14. The state Department of Education has Montville recorded as receiving a zero percent increase year-over-year.

The state Department of Education boasted that the 2013-14 aid package is the largest ever released by the state. Nearly $9 billion will go to public schools, an increase of about $97.3 million from the 2012-13 school year.

While the majority of districts in the state, including in neighboring towns, saw aid stay flat, many districts in Morris County will see an increase in aid this year, including Lincoln Park, Dover and the largest increase in the county, 17.7 percent, for the Morris Hills Regional School District. The districts receiving an increase will average a gain of $75 per pupil.

"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," said Christie. "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."

Special education is one area broken out in the explanation of aid. Montville will receive $1,469,587 in aid specifically for special education.

Robert D February 28, 2013 at 09:29 PM
How many dollars were used to calculate the change in state aid?
Cynthia March 01, 2013 at 02:18 AM
http://www.state.nj.us/education/stateaid/1314/district.pdf If anyone can figure out what the reasoning was for increases in state aid to various towns tell me please. Looks like some beach towns got more. Really looks like no rhyme or reason. Perhaps if you know someone in the Christie administration, you got more? Montville should take the dollar and send it back to Trenton. It's a slap in the face considering how little we already get. The Abbott district ruling is unfair to the suburbs.
Mom Tlm March 01, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Disgusting. . . . . . Complete socialism at work folks. . We had better prepare because it is only going to get worse.. . Scrap the idea of $630,000 to put toward bussing Lazar earlier day, scrap "vestibules" . This is going to get very serious year by year!
reg March 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Looks like the Supreme Court and Abbott districts are doing us in again! Not the doing of the any Governor or Legislature, but the doing of the Supreme Court. The Court decides who gets the money. Christie has nominees to the Court that have not been taken up because of Steve Sweeney's reluctance to do so. Maybe it's time for citizens of Montville to contact Steve Sweeney and request that he give Governor Christie's nominations to the Supreme Court a review. Change the Court and maybe change the way OUR tax dollars are distributed. These kids get free breakfast, free lunch and free I phones, with no measurable increase in test scores, and we get $1! Obviously our money is being well spent!
Paul Varney April 03, 2013 at 02:14 PM
To think I voted for Christie... seems he's taken a page from the presidents plan book; the way things are going it won't be long before our kids will need food assistance and the other entitlements that seem to be going everywhere but here. He also thinks that B.O. has done a great job of responding to the needs of all the NJ residents who had their homes trashed by Sandy. Most of these folks are still waiting for assistance. Somethings rotten and it isn't in Denmark!


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