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Mahwah BOE $3.8m sports complex

It's still troubling to see the school board hoard that much money with no capital plan and then pop up with such a major spend. This is nothing less than overtaxation. Saving for a rainy day with a reserve is prudent but when the sims get into the millions there must be a public long term capital plan. 
Robert Zisgen January 03, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Pete: What do you mean...when the sims get into the millions? My concern was that the proposal calls for spending about 40% of the capital reserve on just one project. I also wonder whether the school population predicted for the future is static or declining. The Record reported several months ago that school population in the lowest grades was declining thus signaling a reduction in demand for certain facilities.
Leaking Ink January 17, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Robert Zisgen and Pete Malvasi: No one is listening to your logical comments because the powers-that-be have already decided that this is what they want and this is what is going to happen. Taxpayers be damned. Vote down the next school budget. See if that gets their attention.
Thunderbird Pride January 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Leaking Ink: There is no concept of voting down a school budget anymore. So long as the BOE stays within the 2% cap they are not required to submit the budget to a vote.
Marina January 17, 2014 at 05:16 PM
I so agree with Pete Malvasi and underline each word! After millions of $s were available to finish the Library basement, here is another big amount of tax money, which now will be spent. I heard of many suggestions to perform necessary repairs and upgrades in various school facilities. I vote for academics rather than for sport
Leaking Ink January 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM
You're quite right, Thunderbird Pride. I forgot about the 2% cap when I wrote my comment.
Robert Zisgen January 18, 2014 at 06:37 AM
Regarding Marina's comment on school facilities, Betsy Ross and George Washington schools are in need of significant rehab work. BR needs a replacement of the heating system. Most of our classrooms are not air conditioned and our Gov. wants longer school terms. We could educate more kids with the same facilities and a wider curriculum with more school days. Wake County N.C. operates their schools year round. I just question the BOE's priorities.
Pete Malvasi January 18, 2014 at 07:46 AM
Who needs priorities when you have so much hoarded money?

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