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Mahwah BOE Approves Budget, High School Complex

$4.3 million facility will be built near the football field at the high school.

In a 7-1 vote Wednesday night, the Mahwah Board of Education approved a $56.1 million budget for the 2014-15 school year that includes the construction of a $4.3 million “multi-purpose facility” at the high school, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, the budget calls for an increase of $108 for the average township homeowner. The complex, however, will not be paid for from new tax dollars, but from the district’s capital reserve fund – an $8.3 million account made up of money left over from budgets over the last 11 years, the report said.

Seven of the board’s nine members voted for the budget and complex, the report said. Rick DeSilva was not at the meeting, and Suzanne Curry voted against it.

“I still do not see the data to support an urgent need for a sports complex for practice only for our student athletes,” Curry said in a statement provided to Patch.

“Also, I was only presented one option at a total cost of 4.3. million taxpayer educational dollars and I would have liked to have been presented with others. I am not one for voting against anything that will benefit children, but I do not believe this building is the right solution at the right cost.”

Curry also noted that she received 35 letters from residents against the building, and 17 in favor of it, over the past few weeks.

According to NorthJersey.com, about a dozen residents attended Wednesday night’s meeting to comment on the complex, with one speaking in favor of it, and the rest against.

The 26,000 square foot facility will include practice fields, a track, additional practice areas, coach and meeting rooms, and a concession stand. Many opponents to the project said they felt the district should have spent the money on a different capital investment.

According to a report, the district expects to start construction on the new facility in October, and finish in December of 2015. 

Regenbogen May 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM
JD's wife is a teacher.
yankee fan May 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Read it and weep Mahwah taxpayers the BOE is giving out close to $38,000 in “merit” pay raises to school administrators tonight. The “merit” raises are being handed out for normal everyday tasks with the majority of money going to the Superintendent. The Superintendent will see an increase of $25,000 in her base salary. I don’t think this is what the Governor had in mind when he capped the Superintendents salaries. It seems the Mahwah BOE found a loop hole, much to the detriment of the taxpayers. Here is a list of the raises: •Payment to the Superintendent in the amount of $5,577.75 for monitoring and evaluating the Effective Schools Solution Program •Payment to the Superintendent in the amount of $5,577.75 for exploring, investigating, and analyzing the possibility of instituting a full-day kindergarten program •Payment to the Superintendent in the amount of $5,577.75 for developing a fiscally responsible budget •Payment to the Superintendent in the amount of $4,187.50 for attendance and participation at various district events •Payment to the Superintendent in the amount of $4,187.50 for focused attention on administrator’s professional development training •Payment to the Assistant Superintendent in the amount of $6,441 for developing and implementing a performance rating of Mahwah supervisors •Payment to the School Business Administrator in the amount of $6,259 for a budget reduction that reduced the assessment charged for transportation services
Richard Levine May 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Letter to BOE: Dear Ms. Shada, Would it not be much less expensive to use e-Books than paper books? Might this also be good for the health of the children carrying those heavy back packs and get us into the information age???? Might this also represent a significant reduction in the school budget???? Thanks! Richard M. Levine I get this strange feeling that all the BOE does is increase expenses for the taxpayer, and there is no or very little consideration given to the taxpayer.
yankee fan May 29, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Does anyone know if there were any NO votes for the merit raises at last nights meeting?

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