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Hoboken School Board Approves $63 Million Budget; Keeping Taxes Flat

The budget was approved in a 7-1 vote on Tuesday night.

The school board adopted the final budget for the 2012-2013 school year on Tuesday night in a 7-1 vote.

Board member Maureen Sullivan voted "no" and board member Carmelo Garcia was absent.

"We need to show some fiscal responsibility," Sullivan said. "I vote 'no' and I'm proud to do it."

The budget's tax levy remains flat for the second year in a row. The budget itself, however, has gone up through grants and other funding.

Roughly 60 percent of the $63 million will be raised by taxes. 

The biggest chunk of the budget, about 60 percent, will be spent on salary and wages for the district's employees. Four new staff members—among them a special teacher for autistic students—will be added next school year. 

Ten percent of the budget will go toward the city's charter schools.

Since last year, the cost per pupil has gone up by about $210 per student, totalling $23,058 per student in a Hoboken public school. In the 2010-2011 school year, cost per pupil was $22,646 and in 2011-2012 the cost per pupil was $22,848.

An estimated 2,162 students will attend Hoboken's public schools in the upcoming school year. 

The amount the district spends on legal fees per pupil is $106, down from last year's $124 and the year before's $126, but still about 130 percent of the regional average.

rtrux March 30, 2012 at 02:55 PM
...and maybe that's the goal! ;)
Hobbs March 30, 2012 at 03:08 PM
You may be right. So much bad press here for Mrs. Mason while she is trying to get Brian Stack to hold his nose and take her and her money has to be a problem for Beth and her political consultants. Being defined by negativity, divisiveness, and hate has to be increasing the the price for her possible political future if it hasn't scuttled it already. Mason attempts to re-branding herself has failed several times already. :-)
Grafix Avenger March 30, 2012 at 04:13 PM
whazzish? urp... it's gettheboozeout44... hittin' the shaush again... what did ya passh out on the capsh-key? urp... why ya shittin' on the board if ya hate the kidsh in public shcools like dat? ...urp... whazzish? you nashty nashty nashty.... how about callin' the njdoe 25 timesh and shcreaming at dem too...urp?
Hoboken1653 March 30, 2012 at 05:00 PM
CuriousGal, when your husband spoke up on behalf of Cammarano to get him zoning board power to pay off his Dwek bribes was he in on the scam? Or just a useful idiot manipulated by those smarter than him?
demosthenes March 30, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Hi curioustwit. Can you tell us what season it is in April when we used to have school board elections? I thought it was Spring but based on your post it appears that in the imbecile world April is in the Fall. Can you also tell us how many November elections we have had here in the country of Hoboken since "Fall" 2009 when Kids First took majority control of the school Board?
Scott M. Siegel March 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Fiscal buffoon Gettheleadout. The tax levy is less then 1% away from the minimum levy required by law. As I've pointed out many times when the state mandates a minimum levy it is legally impossible to spend less.
Scott M. Siegel March 30, 2012 at 05:12 PM
So CG you thing the answer to low test scores is to put the same crew that ignored our student for decades back into power? Explain how that will fix the problem?
Scott M. Siegel March 30, 2012 at 05:39 PM
CG conveniently forgets the 10r scam that led to the bogus test scores. Amnesia is no excuse for covering up the true facts.
Hoboken1653 March 30, 2012 at 05:40 PM
CuriousGal, when your husband spoke up on behalf of Cammarano to get him zoning board power to pay off his Dwek bribes was he in on the scam? Or just a useful idiot manipulated by those smarter than him?
Hoboken1653 March 30, 2012 at 05:40 PM
CuriousGal, when your husband spoke up on behalf of Cammarano to get him zoning board power to pay off his Dwek bribes was he in on the scam? Or just a useful idiot manipulated by those smarter than him?
Grafix Avenger March 30, 2012 at 05:47 PM
cheersh, gettheboozeout44! urp... hiccup... yooo care... yooo are sho caring... yooo toush my heart... urp... whazzish? yooo care sho mush you trash kidsh all day long... hic.... yooo put down da bottle and shtraighten yourshelf out.... mau.. um... gettheboozeout44... urp... and try a breath mint nexsht time before the board meeting... hic
Grafix Avenger March 30, 2012 at 05:50 PM
CG, what did you and hubby Bajardi collect for his performance on July 22, 2009 when he BEGGED the City Council to keep zoning appointment power with Cammy SIX DAYS AFTER he sold 2 variances at the Malibu Diner? What did he KNOW and WHEN did he know it? Did he tell the Feds about this when they interviewed him? They may need to speak with him again about this... have they questioned you too? Maybe they SHOULD. http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/03/six-days-from-cammarano.html
Grafix Avenger March 30, 2012 at 05:51 PM
CG, SPAM SPAM we like SPAM. What did you and hubby Bajardi collect for his performance on July 22, 2009 when he BEGGED the City Council to keep zoning appointment power with Cammy SIX DAYS AFTER he sold 2 variances at the Malibu Diner? What did he KNOW and WHEN did he know it? Did he tell the Feds about this when they interviewed him? They may need to speak with him again about this... have they questioned you too? Maybe they SHOULD. http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/03/six-days-from-cammarano.html
Scott M. Siegel March 30, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The 10r scam was acknowledged under Razlowski. The audit recommendation was to test each and every child. The correct policy was reinstated by KF. This topic as well as reworking people the County Superintendent as "consultants" and the minimum levy have been discussed ad nauseum. This is far different from a per pupil figure that I was told to by a BOE employee. The difference between and CG is that when I am wrong I correct the fact. She on the other hand just keeps reposting the same garbage.
Scott M. Siegel March 31, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I don't know who is deleting. I've emailed Claire twice. But Rtux and Graphix Avenger are getting deleted also.
Redrider765 March 31, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Kim is just unhappy b/c she is used to being the arbiter of what gets deleted & what doesn't. She isn't happy that now she has no control and it is her posts that are also getting deleted. I have no clue how many of mine are gone but I've had plenty of deletions this week. But pretty funny to watch a Blowhardy complain about deletions considering their history.
Grafix Avenger March 31, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Well, Red I haven't heard you crying like a bitch... like these 2 Queens of entitlement, so smitten with the drek they write. I agree with your point, and it is delicious watching that one's cyber-tantrum. If posting here isn't a revenue stream, then it's filling her crack pipe because she's freaking OUT. Having a regular 3 year-old's meltdown. Haw haw. And yes, the Melanomas used to determine who lives and who dies at Hoboken411. The first time I had a post pulled over there it was because I said Bajardi's green and purple suit made him look like the Keebler elf. Patch has democratized the moderation so anyone can whack CG's silly drek. But I do think their postings should be left up, Mr./ Ms. Deleter. It helps Reform.
Grafix Avenger March 31, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Waaaaaaaaa!
Hoboken Answer March 31, 2012 at 08:28 PM
As Grafix Avenger noted correctly, she had dozens of posts herself disappear overnight along with others. Gee which family is it on lower Park that spends almost every moment of their life spewing lies, distortions and hatred because they have been denied what they feel are their self-entitled jobs at City Hall? That poor kid.
Hobbs March 31, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Perhaps CouriousGal and outofcontrol's massive insane spaming this morning was part of the real agenda of Mason,Russo & Co to try to discredit PATCH ? They can't control the comments on PATCH like they do on H411...........
CuriousGal March 31, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The post above by Passkey was deleted at least 6 times in the past 2 days.
Hobbs March 31, 2012 at 09:09 PM
THREATHS ! So CouriousGal is threathening to continue her inasne SPAMMING of PATCH to harm the site unless they do what she says. WOW ! That is disgusting but sadly typical behavior for her.
Hoboken1653 March 31, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Prosbus, when you spoke for Cammarano to try and get him zoning board powers to pay back Dwek, were you in on the scam or used as a tool by people much smarter than yourself. One choice shows you as a thief, the other a moron. 2 tough choices!!
rtrux April 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
so basically, you've just admitted you normally post "deliberately distorted and made-up news". kudos.
Outofcontrol April 01, 2012 at 02:58 PM
The Zimmer Zombies have now resorted to not only deleting individual posts, but they are deleting all posts by any individual who opposes the Zimmer/kids First manifesto. This is a true sign of reform. Silence the opposition. Zimmer must be proud of her minions.
Redrider765 April 01, 2012 at 02:58 PM
She is being honest for once. There is a first time for everything.
Grafix Avenger April 02, 2012 at 11:19 AM
CG, you are such a weirdo. Truly deranged. Why are you re-posting Claire's post when it's up for all to see? My goodness, this message board is your only social outlet, it seems. Quite perverse and sad. OK, well back at ya. Here is what I wrote back: http://hoboken.patch.com/articles/hoboken-democratic-committee-elections-postponed#comment_2932604 "Hiya, Claire. If I may make a suggestion on your new system, how about ONE NAME per IP address. No matter how many email address associations for different screen names. Admit one IP per 'customer'. Also, Patch needs a PERMANENT banning policy for those who post the full names or personal information of others- like addresses or telephone numbers. Taking down the post is not good enough, because these individuals simply repeat the offense. I am not sure about about a posting limit- for example, x number of posts per day. I could live with that, don't know about others. For your consideration. Thanks Claire."
Grafix Avenger April 02, 2012 at 11:23 AM
CG, you're a sick pup. Watch out for what you wish for.
Outofcontrol April 02, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I've been told that flagging with such immediateness can only be accomplished by hacking into the system. If this is indeed the case then Patch should investigate and prosecute accordingly
Redrider765 April 02, 2012 at 01:33 PM
But the offender left Scott's comments, I suspect as a way of deflecting attention from themselves & on to Scotty. Pretty obvious & pretty stupid.

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