Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Health insurance, sick pay and tax appeals are primary budget drivers.
The municipal tax bill on an average Montville home assessed at $528,000 will increase by $95 under the terms of the 2013 budget reviewed by the Township Committee on Tuesday evening. The total property tax bill-which includes the levies for the school district, Morris County, open space and library–is estimated to increase $216 on the average house. The overall tax rate is projected to rise from $2.12 per $100 of assessed value to $2.16, an increase of 1.8 percent. Township spending, which includes the library budget, will increase 3.79 percent from $18.439 million to $19.139 million. Township Administrator Victor Canning explained that there are several expenses not covered by the state-mandated 2 percent cap. For example, the “800-pound…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Board considers three proposals for rearranging times of all district schools.
Upon the request of Montville Township Board of Education members, Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried presented two more options Tueday for rearranging times at district schools to shorten the Robert R. Lazar Middle School day. Board members have been discussing shortening the Lazar day for more than a year based on recommendations of parents so that the students could have more time after school to get their homework done and participate in extra-curricular activities without staying up too late. Currently, students dismiss at 3:40 p.m. from Lazar. The time change proposals need to be taken under consideration as part of the budget process because of the costs associated with additional buses required under new times. The first proposal, which…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Homework-free night also happening Tuesday.
After hosting several public hearings on the proposed 2013-14 school budget, the Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education will vote on the preliminary budget at a meeting Tuesday night. The proposed budget represents a 1.1 percent increase over last year's 61,319,473 tax levy and remains under the state-mandated 2 percent spending increase. For the average home assessed at $527,470, it will mean a $63 increase for the year. The proposed budget maintains class sizes on all three district educational levels, includes a new K-5 mathematics curriculum and continuation and expansion of the Rosetta Stone language teaching program. It also includes a plan to modify the Lazar School day to begin at 8:30 a.m. but dismiss at 3:15 p.m…
Monday, February 18, 2013
Board will meet Tuesday to continue discussing budget proposals, including Lazar School time change.
The Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education will continue public presentations on the proposed 2013-14 budget during Tuesday's meeting. Included in the budget proposal is an idea to change the time of the school day at Lazar Middle School. District administrators have not yet presented a budgetary analysis on how much the change could cost, but Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried presented the initial proposal on Feb. 12 (attached to this article). The board will meet Tuesday at the Montville Township Municipal Building on Changebridge Road at 8 p.m. The board will host additional budget presentations on the following dates:
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Despite public not being able to vote on Montville Township Public Schools budget, township residents can still have their say.
The public may not be able to vote on Montville Township Public Schools' 2013 budget, but residents are still invited to hear details about what the school district is proposing. The district voted to move school board elections to November and eliminate a public vote on the school budget last year as long as the budget does not exceed the state-mandated 2 percent cap. However, as required, according to Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried, the district will begin the first of several information sessions and presentations about this year's budget on Tuesday. During the public presentation, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Montville Township High School cafeteria, Fried said he will be discussing new intiatives the board plans to implement …