Manchester School Board To Hold Hearing On Proposed 2021 Budget | #Education

MANCHESTER, NJ — The Manchester Township Board of Education will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2021-22 school budget on Tuesday.

School district officials gave a preliminary overview of the 2021-22 budget at a meeting March 3, which included presentations from the principals at the elementary, middle and high schools on what curriculum programs they were hoping to bring to students in the coming year, and on each school’s needs.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester Township High School.

At the March 3 budget presentation, Craig Lorentzen, the Manchester schools business administrator, said the district needed to make between $750,000 and $800,000 in cuts before the final presentation that is set for Tuesday.

The district is among the nearly 200 across the state that are receiving reductions in state aid under S2, the 2018 law that is removing so-called adjustment aid from districts the state Department of Education says are not paying their fair share of property taxes.

Lorentzen said that cut is $106,000 for the 2021-22 school year for Manchester.

The district has seen an increase of $25 million in ratables, which will spread the impact of the tax levy, and the district will be using CARES Act funding to help continue programs to help with learning loss over the last year.

The district will be replacing 1,200 Chromebooks next year because they have reached the maximum age where they are no longer receiving automatic updates, and as such cannot be used for state assessment testing, Lorentzen said. The district also needs to replace 190 desktop computers in classrooms that are “very old,” he said.

The preliminary budget meeting from March 3 can be viewed below.

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