Madison Schools Get 5.1% Increase in State Aid

Borough received the highest percentage increase in all of Morris County.

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a town hall meeting last week in Long Hill. (Photo: Jason Koestenblatt)
Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a town hall meeting last week in Long Hill. (Photo: Jason Koestenblatt)
Madison schools will receive about $50,000 more in state aid in 2014-15, a more than 5 percent increase from this year.

The Christie administration announced last week a record $12.9 billion would go to New Jersey schools for the 2014-15 school year with each school district getting a bump in aid.

The overall aid comprises 37.5-percent of the state’s $34.4 billion budget, which was presented by Gov. Chris Christie last Tuesday. The $12.9 billion amount is an increase of $36.8 million over last year.

Madison schools will see a 5.1-percent increase in aid with $987,744 in 2014-15, a $47,600 bump from $940,144 in 2013-14. Madison received the largest percentage increase in Morris County, just slightly more than Mendham Borough's 5 percent bump.

Two funds received special attention in the school budgeting, according to the administration, including Per-Pupil Growth Aid and PARCC Readiness. The Per-Pupil Growth Aid money “can be used for virtually any general fund budget item. The decision on where to spend these funds will be made at the local level,” according to the governor’s office.

The PARCC Readiness aid was infused to help districts realign core standards for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. PARCC testing will replace NJ ASK and HSPA testing by the spring of 2015.

All school districts are now required to keep year-over-year costs below a 2-percent tax levy increase. If any dollars (not used for health or pension costs) go beyond that threshold, a special vote is needed for the public to approve.
DidUReallyJustSayThat March 03, 2014 at 10:17 AM
5% of nuthin is still nuthin. Doesn't it work out to $15 per student. In 40 years that would be enough to buy an iPad. Whoopee!!


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