State aid cuts to Secaucus schools will total nearly $829K over the next year, sparking fiscal maneuvering and likely spending cuts by the district.
Business administrator Ed Walkiewicz told this website that the previously reported cut of $575,974 this year is coupled with a reduction next year of $252,921. The cuts have been ordered by the new administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, which is withholding $475M from schools this year to rein in the state’s rocky finances.
Walkiewicz said those cuts will have a “direct impact” on the 2010-2011 Seacucus schools budget and noted that the board of education will be forced to utilize a portion of its available surplus funds to offset the reductions.
The cuts to Secaucus’ aid are essentially the same as the amount of its current budget surplus.
“The result of this reallocation of funds will result in a reduction of spending in the new budget by the equivalent amount of $828,895,” he said, adding: “The Board of Education and administration are committed to the maintenance of our programs to the extent that we can fund them.”