$26M Budget Sanctioned by Totowa Board of Education

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The Board of Education in Totowa has approved a budget of $26 million, striking a balance between financial prudence and fulfilling the needs of the school district. With $1.2 million secured in state aid and a 2% tax increase, the budget aims to maintain essential services and programs while minimizing the financial burden on residents.

For homeowners, the 2% tax increase equates to approximately $59.56 annually or $4.96 monthly. Despite the increase, officials emphasize their commitment to delivering quality education and support to students without unduly impacting taxpayers.

One of the primary focuses of the budget is to uphold optimal class sizes, ensuring personalized attention and assistance for students across various disciplines, including mathematics, special education, gifted and talented programs, academic support, and specialist services.

Significant portions of the budget, including $3.5 million, have been allocated towards health benefits for staff, while $182,320 is designated for covering expenses related to students attending charter schools.

Additionally, the board has secured a grant to fund after-school tutoring programs aimed at addressing learning gaps and providing extra support to students. The budget also earmarks resources for curriculum enhancements, technological upgrades, and infrastructure improvements, such as investments in smart boards, laptops, STEAM labs, media centers, and class libraries.

Over the summer, Washington Park School will undergo significant upgrades, including the installation of new boilers, HVAC systems, and teacher classroom controls, enhancing the learning environment and ensuring the safety and comfort of students and staff, according to Business Administrator Vincent Varcadipane.

Superintendent of Totowa Public Schools, Patricia Capitelli, highlights the partnership with the PTO, emphasizing its vital role in funding programs like Kops 4 Kids, planners, folders, and more, which enhance the educational experience for students.

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