Cut in state school aid worries Bradley Beach officials

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Bradley Beach Elementary School. FILE PHOTO THE COAST STAR

BRADLEY BEACH — The Bradley Beach School District is facing a six percent reduction in state aid, dropping $62,531 to $959,328 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Changes in education aid to school district across the state were released by the New Jersey Department of Education [NJDOE] in conjunction with the release of Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020.

“No one wants to see cuts happen, especially when school districts can only raise taxes by two percent,” Superintendent and principal of Bradley Bradley Beach Elementary School Stephen Wisniewski said, He added that as salary and benefit costs climb every year balancing the budget is a continuing challenge as those two expenses rise by roughly two percent every year.

“By even having flat funding, we are falling behind. When there are cuts, it certainly exacerbates the problem,” he said.

Bradley Beach Elementary School, with kindergarten through eighth grade, is the lone school in the district.

Overall, the proposed $15.4 billion state education budget would provide $8.691 billion in aid to K-12 school districts, an increase of $206 million. Aid would be increased to 368 of New Jersey’s 590 school districts.

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