Monday, March 27, 2017

Lakewood Township School District having financial issues

Once again the Lakewood BOE claims to have financial issues. See HERE 
 The outgoing superintendent sent a letter home to parents notifying of  potential layoffs for 100 teachers and consolidating classrooms. The blame again is on private school busing, special ed the BOE etc. Yes its true, the district does not get its fair share of funding from the state but other factors are causing the financial issues. As a start a Charter school is opening in Lakewood this year and are receiving two million dollars for it. In the school system itself there is untold amount of students who do not reside in Lakewood yet are enrolled in the local schools. The BOE is investigating it but so far has not announced any findings. The number could be in the hundreds which is costing millions to tax payers. Pre K and other non mandated services are costing millions but that is never put on the chopping block because it provides job security. The town recently voted to raise taxes and give the public schools 35 million for roof repairs and to install HVAC systems. Its always easier to point fingers and blame others. 

10 comments:

  1. Did they get rid of the extra bussing ppl now that LSTA doing all the work ?

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  2. I heard its close to 500 kids coming from outside Lakewood to the schools. They should subpoena the attendance records to see how many students actually are showing p.

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    1. If you really have a reliable source for 500 kids coming from outside Lakewood to the schools why don't you present the BOE your information without them having to issue subpoenas?

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  3. Gee, I guess the gov. does not forget the insulting snub he received during election time

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  4. so much extra non mandatory funding, yet they coming begging for a handout. state should offer then life support in exchange for halfing non mandatory expenditures.

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  5. There is no internal compliance procedures in LSD.There is no accountability both in educational results and in monetary issues.There are three monitors being paid with our tax dollars who are accomplishing nothing.
    Its a shame the Superindant is leaving.But there is no surprise there.Without a team to build with all the blame shifts to her.Our school board no matter how well intended they may seem have no clue what to do.Why do we tax payers have to shoulder the burden

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  6. The State should start with reimbursing our district all the monies we shelled out for these expensive "monitors". How have the funds we spent on them helped the situation?? If anything, their cost brought us more into the red!!

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  7. The BOE will cut out non-mandated services for the public schools this coming year. Not terrible. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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  8. the link this sends you to is claims the shortfall is because of non mandatory busing and special ed. the hing is that the special ed is mandatory, and the busing doesn't come out of the BOE budget.

    I don't see why they should offer Pre-school non mandatory service, but the bottom line is that will not have a huge impact. The Charter School is a bigger problem, it is going to suck $2 million out of the school district for a few lucky students at the cost of the rest, but that was a State decision, not a local one.

    The problem is the State, its funding formula, and funding freeze, and the Charter school issue is just another roadblock that the state is throwing at Lakewood.

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  9. Cancel the expensive HVAC's for now and use the pre-designated funds for the more important items instead. The classrooms can use window units until such time that we can afford the more comfortable HVAC's.

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