SAYREVILLE — The Sayreville School District School Board has passed a $123 million budget that will fund the operation of the district in the 2022-23 school year.
The $123 million budget, adopted on April 26, will be supported by a tax levy of $70.6 million to be paid by residential and commercial owners in the borough.
Individuals pay more or less in taxes depending on the assessed value of their home and/or property. School taxes are a component of a property owner’s tax bill, which also includes Middlesex County taxes and Sayreville municipal taxes.
The district’s 2021-2022 budget provided for a school tax rate of $3.0080 per $100 of property assessment. The average home in the borough was valued at $146,015. The owner of this house paid approximately $4,392 in school taxes.
The district’s 2022-2023 budget will have a school tax rate of $3.0284 per $100 of property assessment. The average home in the borough is valued at $145,656 and the owner of that home will pay about $4,441 in school taxes, an increase of $49.
The $120 million budget passed by the board for the 2021-2022 school year was supported by a tax levy of $69.2 million and the receipt of $33.2 million in state aid.
For the 2022-2023 school year, Sayreville is expected to receive $35.8 million in state aid, an increase of $2.58 million. The school district’s state assistance has increased every year since the enactment of state legislation known as S-2 in 2018.
Board Chairman Anthony Esposito, Board Vice Chairman John Walsh, and Board Members Lucy Bloom, Eloy Fernandez, Alison Napolitano, Eileen Pabon, Danielle Pieloch, and Patrick Walsh voted “yes” to pass the budget. Daniel Balka, member of the board of directors, voted “no”.
On the budget, Superintendent of Schools Richard Labbe said, “The funds within it will help us to further enhance the learning and social and emotional development of students, as well as improve our operations, facilities and infrastructure. . For example, this budget will fund the renovation of a multi-purpose room at the middle school, the television production studio at the high school and the student washrooms at the Truman School.
“Similarly, this will include the construction of a new ticket gate at Bomber Stadium, the purchase and installation of bottle filling stations at each school in the district, and new furniture for the high school media center,” he continued. “It will also finance the installation of outdoor Wi-Fi in each school, as well as the hiring of full-time technicians and a supervisor of new technologies.
“We will also use funds from this budget to continue to improve the security of our buildings, particularly after school hours, by ensuring that each school has a full-time campus security monitor in the evenings. Similarly, to address social and emotional learning, we will hire a new school counselor for the college and continue to use budgeted funds, along with associated grants, to provide Level 2 and Level 3 mental health clinical services from District-wide effective school solutions. , including remote psychiatric services for all students.
“In addition, funds from this budget will be used to lease and renovate a property that will house a new program for our 18-21 year old students with disabilities,” Labbe said. “It will also fund staffing for this program. In addition, the funds will be used to hire two new elementary academic skills teachers to accelerate student learning in math, a new speech language pathologist and an elementary special education teacher.