Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Surprise anouncement at BOE meeting school District faces $6M deficit
APP LAKEWOOD - The school district is facing a $6 million deficit due to the failure of a courtesy busing plan to produce the cost savings the district anticipated. The surprise announcement at Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting comes less than three months after community leaders and school officials struck a deal to stagger the start and dismissal times at more than 100 private Orthodox Jewish yeshivas that was expected to close a multi-million dollar shortfall. For hundreds of families in Lakewood, the school year got off to an aggravating start, with no busing. However, the bids for the routes came in 40 to 50 percent higher than was estimated, Schools Superintendent Laura Winters said.