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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.

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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