By ERIN ROLL
Montclair continued taking a look at its proposed school budget for 2018-2019 at Monday night’s BOE meeting, and the district is finding itself faced with several less-than-desirable budget outcomes.
The budget in its current iteration has a $1.5 million deficit that needs to be filled.
The possible outcomes include accepting a health benefits waiver that could result in a higher tax bill for residents, or eliminating paraprofessional and bus aide positions – a suggestion that did not sit well with parents in attendance.
The health benefits waiver is an opportunity for the BOE to apply for additional tax dollars, depending on how much the district’s health benefits went up. It would bring in an extra $1 million in revenue if the district took the waiver.
The district expects that eliminating the bus aide positions would bring in about $300,000 in savings.
Parents in the audience argued in favor of keeping the bus aides, citing the aides’ role in assisting children on the bus and maintaining safety and security.
At the end of the meeting, Business Administrator Emidio D’Andrea said that the next step would be to continue reviewing the budget in order to find places where other cuts could be made.
Montclair expects to learn how much state aid it will receive later this week, after the state presents its budget numbers on Tuesday, March 13.
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