Ewing Board of Education Approves 2019-20 Final Budget
On April 29th, at the regular Board of Education meeting, the Board conducted the mandated public hearing on the 2019-20 final school budget, then approved the budget by a vote of 7-0.
The spending plan will now go into place on July 1st, 2019.
“The 2019-20 budget was again a challenging one to put together.” Superintendent Michael Nitti stated. “With the budgetary cap on our tax levy and revenues and costs increasing at a much greater percentage, our goal in building this budget was to strive to maintain our staffing, keep all the programs that our district values and look for innovative ways to address issues that are important to our school community.”
Programs maintained in the preliminary budget include full-day kindergarten, middle and high school athletics, gifted and honors education, K-12 music and art, and after-school activities and programs. The preliminary budget also has funds dedicated to enhancing school security, and addressing the emotional and psychological needs of the district’s students, two areas that have emerged as a focus for the Board and administration. The budget also included the initial debt service obligations as the result of the successful passage of Referendum ’18.
Superintendent Nitti thanked Mr. Nettleton and the Board of Education for their work on the budget. “Each year, the Board and the administration meet in a retreat to prioritize goals and evaluate budgetary options. Each Board member makes vital contributions to this process and Mr. Nettleton is very good at explaining variables and challenges.”
The preliminary budget reflects a 2% increase on the tax levy. This sets the preliminary tax rate at $1.82 per $100 of assessed property value. This correlates to a total school tax bill of approximately $3,617.78 for the average home in Ewing which is assessed at $198,100.
All information pertaining to the 2019-20 budget can be found on our website www.ewing.k12.nj.us under the Board of Education tab (Ewing Board Docs/Library/General/Budget Docs/19-20 Budget Year).