Millburn Board of Education Offers Opportunities for Public Input on the Budget
Thursday, October 4, 2012 • 9:51pm
The Millburn School District’s Administration and the Board of Education are in the preliminary stages of assembling the 2013-2014 school budget. The Board would like to give members of the public additional opportunities to share input on the school budget from now to April when the school budget will be finalized and approved by the state.
Members of the public are invited to bring their budget suggestions and comments to all Board of Education meetings. Board of Education meeting dates are posted on the school district website at www.millburn.org. Meetings are held at the Education Center, 434 Millburn Avenue at 7:45 p.m. Meetings are scheduled for the remainder of 2012 on October 8 and 29, November 12 and 26 and December 17. Public input is welcome at most of the public comment sections scheduled at each BOE meeting.
In addition, the Board will hold two Open Forums this year. These informal meetings are held on a Sunday afternoon to provide an opportunity for all members of the community to have conversation on any topic with the Board of Education. Those dates are:
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 3- 5 p.m., Millburn Middle School Auditorium (attendees can also enjoy the newly-renovated auditorium) and
Sunday, January 27, 2013, 2-4 p.m., Millburn Public Library.
School parents may share their ideas about the 2013-2014 budget for their school and for the district with Dr. Crisfield and BOE Finance Chair Lise Chapman at the following upcoming PTO meetings:
October 10 – Millburn Middle School, 9:15 a.m.
October 11 – Deerfield School, 9:30 a.m.
October 17 – Wyoming School, 9:15 a.m.
October 18 – Glenwood School, 9:00 a.m.
October 31 – South Mountain School, 9:00 a.m.
November 1 – Hartshorn School, 9:15 a.m.
November 28 - Millburn High School (at the Millburn Public Library), 10 a.m.
Board of Education member Lise Chapman stated, “Last spring the Board Finance Committee and Dr. Crisfield developed the idea for ‘pre-budget listening sessions’ so that the public would have an opportunity to present their priorities, new ideas and concerns to us in advance of this year’s budget process.” Chapman added, “We thought it would be helpful to hear up front from all residents of the community since there is no longer a public vote on the budget. In addition to the PTOs, we plan to meet with the Short Hills Association and M-SPEC.”
Community members who are unable to attend a meeting who want to share their ideas may email the Board of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “School Budget” in the subject line.