Tentative budget fails to win BOE approval in Spring Lake

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The next meeting on the budget will be held on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at H.W. Mountz, 411 Tuttle Ave. FILE PHOTO

SPRING LAKE — A tentative school budget for 2019-2020 failed to win approval by the Spring Lake Board of Education [BOE] Monday night, failing in a 3-2 vote.

Board members Alan Ferraro and Christine Valori voted to approve the tentative budget while the three newly elected members Karen Matuch, Vice President Noelle Giblin and President James Worth voted against it.

Rejection of the $8,215,828 tentative budget followed a presentation by H.W. Mountz Superintendent and Principal Raymond Boccuti and School Administrator Denise McCarthy, as well as unfavorable public comment from parents and residents in attendance.

According to board attorney Paul Griggs, the board must now draft a new tentative budget to be taken up at a second special meeting on Monday, March 18. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s library, 411 Tuttle Ave.

Mr. Griggs said a tentative budget must be approved and sent to Monmouth County Superintendent Lester W. Richens by Wednesday, March 20. Otherwise, he said, Mr. Richens would then step in and get involved in the process.

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