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Public Hearing and Final Vote on Livingston's School Budget to be Held Monday

Livingston Public Schools

Sunday, April 27, 2014 • 1:02am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - A public hearing and final vote on the school budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28 at Collins Elementary School. The $108.9 million school spending plan maintains existing programs and funds curriculum initiatives.

The budget prioritizes special education programs and staffing increases, while staying under the two percent state cap on annual budget increases.

If approved, the budget would add $227 in taxes to a Livingston property assessed at $600,000.

The District has been able to add personnel in the essential areas of K-2 intervention and enrichment, technology education, special education, and staff to reduce class size at the secondary level.

The plan includes five new secondary course offerings, Advanced Placement Physics 1 and 2, Advanced Placement Psychology, Spanish Communications and Cultures, and Technology: Today and Tomorrow (a semester course).

In addition, the plan adds special education programs including life skills program at Heritage and LHS, provides for a full Extended School Year (ESY) program, and five-day preschool for the PRIDE and inclusive preschool programs. Music therapy for the applied behavioral analysis programs is proposed as a new service.

Livingston Public Schools plans to make use of state funding that will pay 40 percent of two facilities upgrades: air conditioning in the gymnasium at Heritage Middle School, and a partial roof replacement at LHS.

An email address budgetquestions@livingston.org has been created for questions, suggestions, or comments.

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