Hopatcong and Sparta school districts will each receive a slight increase in state aid next year.
The Christie administration announced last week a
record $12.9 billion would go to New Jersey schools for the 2014-15 school
year with each school district getting a bump in aid.
The overall aid comprises 37.5-percent of the state’s $34.4
billion budget, which was presented by Gov. Chris Christie last Tuesday. The
$12.9 billion amount is an increase of $36.8 million over last year.
Sparta schools will receive a slight 1.1 percent increase in aid with $5,943,150 in 2014-15, a $66,060 bump from this year's $5,877,090.
Hopatcong schools will get a 0.3 percent increase with $11,383,175, a $33,810 bump from $11,349,365 this year.
Two funds received special attention in the school
budgeting, according to the administration, including Per-Pupil Growth Aid and
PARCC Readiness. The Per-Pupil Growth Aid money “can be used for virtually any
general fund budget item. The decision on where to spend these funds will be
made at the local level,” according to the governor’s office.
The PARCC Readiness aid was infused to help districts
realign core standards for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for
College and Careers. PARCC testing will replace NJ ASK and HSPA testing by the
spring of 2015.
All school districts are now required to keep year-over-year
costs below a 2-percent tax levy increase. If any dollars (not used for
health or pension costs) go beyond that threshold, a special vote is needed for
the public to approve.