Thursday, March 14, 2013
The average property owner's taxes will increase by more than $57 in the tentative $64 million 2013-14 school budget.
The tentative Nutley 2013-2013 school budget would raise taxes $57.19 for a home assessed at the township average of $314,800, according to school officials. On Wednesday, Yeamans said the $64,051,871 spending plan fits under the 2 percent cap on increased spending, or about $900,000. "The cap puts pressure on the school district to really hone in on what we are spending," she said. "We really have to look at everything very carefully." Last year's average tax increase was $38.72, Yeamans said. The board will hold a public hearing on the budget on March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at John H. Walker Middle School in the band room. Yeamans said the budget was revised to reflect savings from refinanced bonds. "We have to look at the school community's …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Board of Education hears numbers Monday night for September through December about the incidences of bullying and about efforts to identify and reduce the frequency.
This week, Nutley school officials heard a report on bullying incidents and programs aiming to reduce harassment, intimidation and the number of students victimized by bullying. Joseph Cappello, who oversees the anti-bullying efforts for the Nutley School District, discussed efforts to combat harassment, intimidation and bullying at schools during a public school board meeting. "If you ask if we are we catching all of the cases of bullying, no, but we are addressing all of those brought to our attention," he said. In the elementary schools, only six of 36 cases investigated ended up being classified as bullying, with nine out of 22 in the high school and just one of four at the middle school classified, according to Cappello. School Board…
Friday, December 28, 2012
Association contributes iPads, software, an air conditioner, kitchen appliances and scholarships to assist special education in Nutley schools.
For the second straight year, special-needs and autistic students in the Nutley School District are the beneficiaries of school-related equipment donated by the Joseph P. Scarpelli Civic Association. Nutley Commissioner Joseph Scarpelli presented more than $11,000 worth of equipment to Nutley School Board President James Kuchta at the Nov. 19 school board meeting. "We are very proud to have successfully raised the funds through the association to help special needs students," Scarpelli said. "We made a similar contribution in 2011 and are happy to have raised even more in 2012." Kuchta said the entire school board wanted to thank Scarpelli for his association's work to help special-needs students. "We are happy to accept this contribution…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Board of Education's auditors report that the money must be applied to the 2013-14 school budget to keep tax rates from rising, and should be used for one-time only expenses.
The Nutley Board of Education learned Monday night that the school district has $1.6 million excess surplus that must be used to reduce spending and taxes increases in next year's budget. Gary Vinci of the auditing firm of Lerch, Vinci & Higgins told school officials that the district has a total of $3,450,000 in surplus, but the $1.6 million has a specific use. "The district is required to use the balance in the 2013-14 budget," Vinci said. Because the amount of excess surplus can greatly fluctuate from year to year, he recommended how the school board should use the money. "The surplus should be used for one-time expenses," Vinci said. The total $3.45 million represents about 2 percent of the total budget, he said. Vinci said the …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Nutley Board of Education meets Monday night, while Nutley has two free blood pressure screenings, while both Nutley and Belleville libraries continue summer programs into Labor Day weekend.
What's happening in Belleville and Nutley this week? Here are some events happening in town that may be worth checking out: There are also some programs coming up this week at the Belleville Library, at 221 Washington Ave. For more information on these and other programs, call the library at 973-450-3434.