Board of education vows to fight cuts to state aid

Brick Township Board of Education office. FILE PHOTO / THE OCEAN STAR

BRICK TOWNSHIP — Faced with losing nearly $2 million from the 2017-2018 budget, board of education President John Lamela has vowed to fight a funding proposal that aims to cut state funding from several area schools.

On Wednesday, June 14, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto presented a school funding plan that would provide $146 million in additional aid to underfunded districts and reallocate adjustment aid from districts receiving more than 100 percent of their fair share of state funding, according to a joint press release.

As a result, the Brick Township School District could lose approximately $2.2 million in funding from the $154 million 2017-2018 school budget, with additional cuts proposed in the coming years, according to a statement from Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin [all R-10].

According to Mr. Lamela, the proposed cuts to funding would have a “devastating impact” on Brick Township and the surrounding districts.


“The taxpayers of Brick Township should call upon our legislators to do the right things and fight this unfair and hurtful proposal. As president of the board I will fight this proposal in every way I can and reach out to anyone that may help us in this fight,” Mr. Lamela said.

Brick interim Superintendent Thomas Gialanella deferred all comments to Mr. Lamela.

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