HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy's proposed State Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 announced earlier in the week includes a significant increase in direct aid to Hamilton Township's public schools. If enacted, the Hamilton Township School District would receive $6.86 million in K-12 school aid funding – a 9.1 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21).

School Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco expressed appreciation for the much-needed increase in state school aide.

"This additional funding will allow us to continue to invest in our students academically and support our students socially, and emotionally as we turn the corner on the global COVID-19 pandemic," said Rocco.  "As a district, a town, and a community we are grateful for the commitment of these dollars to our students and our schools. In addition, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our local, county, and state partners who've worked to make this come to fruition." 

“There is no greater investment than an investment in education,” commented Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin. “This significant increase in funding will aid Hamilton Schools to continue to safely and effectively educate our children as we continue through this pandemic.”

State lawmakers representing Hamilton Township -- Senator Linda Greenstein and Assembly members Wayne DeAngelo and Dan Benson (all D-Mercer/Middlesex) -- praised the proposed increase in state aid. 

“With COVID-19 hitting our communities hard, we must ensure that school districts not only have the resources to protect students and staff from spreading and contracting COVID-19, but also to continue to deliver the quality education inherent in New Jersey public schools,” said Greenstein.

“We have long advocated that large suburban school districts like Hamilton deserve more state funding, given the many needs and challenges they have faced, made even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Benson added.

“In a time when our students have been receiving instruction remotely, it is important now more than ever that our schools are supported,” said DeAngelo. 

The State Legislature will review the Governor's proposed budget in its entirety including state allocations of school aid. A balanced state budget, meaning with no deficit spending, must be enacted by June 30. 

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