Could Secaucus voters reject the school budget?
Apr 26, 2011 | 3062 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SECAUCUS – On the eve of tomorrow’s Board of Education election there’s little discussion regarding who will win three coveted seats on the nine-member body. Instead, much of the pre-election talk seems to revolve around whether or not voters will approve the board’s proposed $32 million budget for the 2011-2012 school year.

Unlike in other municipalities, voters in Secaucus have a long history of approving the school budget during the annual Board of Education elections. An education budget hasn’t been rejected in Secaucus in many years, perhaps more than a decade.

But some school board trustees and other political observers have confirmed that residents could vote down the district’s spending plan.

The budget for the 2011-2012 school year includes a 3.3 percent tax increase that would translate to an annual increase of $55 for the average homeowner. Voters have approved other budgets in recent years that also increased taxes, including a 2.5 percent tax increase that was approved last April for the 2010-2011 school year.

But concerns about the school district’s spending priorities could convince a slim majority of residents to vote against the school budget this year. Should this happen, the budget would be sent to the Secaucus Town Council. The council would then work with the Board of Education to revise the budget and make spending cuts.

In addition to voting on the school budget, voters will also be able to select three trustees for the nine-member Secaucus Board of Education. Among those running this year are Lisa Snedeker, Joseph Lewis, Mark Gutmann, and Jules Carricarte. Current board members Eleanore Reinl and Dora Marra are also running for reelection.

The three top vote-getters Wednesday will be sworn in next month and will each serve three years on the board.

Although some municipalities will offer extended hours for their board of education elections tomorrow, polls in Secaucus will be open during the traditional hours of 1 to 9 p.m. – E. Assata Wright

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April 26, 2011
We need to reject all school budgets until these crazy administrator salarys are brought down to just a hair above what teachers make. We are wasting school budget money on people who don't teach the kids. Get rid of the perks and the high pay and please stop knocking the union for if it wasn't for the unions we would all be making the minimum wage unless you really beleive employers love to give away money. Let's not forget that no administrator/director enters into employment without their "contract" with all it's perks. Therefore their "contract" should have a clause in it that says if they don't do a good job, we can fire them on the spot with no recourse.