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.

10 comments:

  1. We demand an audit of all the kids officially enrolled in the public schools. it makes no sense for the high enrollment numbers. The Public school population is dwindling many Hispanics are moving away to nearby towns. Someone is hiding something here.

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  2. Thank you for voting for the VAAD candidates im sure they will help us all out. They promised.

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  3. We are all getting taxed out of our own town. And it's mainly because favors need to be done for a select few. We could have been an abbot district years ago, which would have given control of the public schools to the state, but that would have cut off the spigot from certain Moisdos receiving funding. While other less connected yeshivas begged for help, the powerful and well connected continued to reap benefits at a huge expense to the taxpayer.
    Our Township committee is now behind helping The Bais Horaah to remain In their building illegally, while causing harm to local businesses. If you think it is not a big deal, just wait, they will one day harm you directly as well. Nobody cares about the crimes they commit until it hurts them. One day you may wake up to see 500 duplexes in your backyard or a huge dormitory being built on your quiet street.
    The time is now or never. We must stand up and take control now or it will soon be too late.

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  4. Ths has nothing to do with the Vaad. The boe transportation person himself knew that by staggering the routes he would need to rebid most of the routes. He also knew that in a new bid there was a giid chance the new bids would come in much higher than the old ones and it would negate any savings. The State was told all of this. Yet the State Monitor did not listen.The BOE members have no say. The monitor controls everything.

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  5. The vaad was quiet when the 35 million dollar referendum was on the ballot. Why did they keep quiet therby letting it pass.

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  6. Stop the busing. We pay for it anyway. Let each school get their own busing or buses, The savings would be significant. The cost of private busing is half of what it costs the BOE and WE pay it. Not the state and not the public schools. The old mantra That we pay so much taxes we should at least get busing no longer applies now that we are paying the bulk of school taxes. Wow 6 million. That's a big number. Hard to fathom that many people, I mean dollar bills.

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  7. Hh. You are incorrect. The old bids that the Boe was paying were pretty low. It
    is not true that the bus companies would charge less privately per route than they did for the BOE. You are entitled to your opinions but on this you are factually wrong.

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    1. Sorry. But you are wrong. I asked the heads of two separate schools and they told me that the cost to Bus a child privately is half the price that the Boe gets charged. I listen to those that know better than me, I don't make up facts out of thin air.

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    2. C'mon, what kind of Republican are you? You know that whenever government is involved it costs more. What are you, some crazy Bernie Sanders socialist?

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  8. The bussing issue presently is due to not having
    The state come up with more money for our district, THE REAL PROBLEM IS TIER BUSSING NOW, OK, HOWEVER THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS SAID NO TO TIER BUSSING FOR 2016, THUS MEANS NO BUSSING.
    .. TAXPAYERS CANNOT AFFORD COURTESY BUSSING ANY LONGER,SINCE THE ZONING board , planning board. answers to the developers, and yet to see
    Impact fee given to. Developrts,which is an ordinance in December 2015. No more BUSSING!

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