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Announcements
2017-2018 School Budget


2017-2018 School Budget
Lynn Trager, Superintendent of Schools
I am pleased to present the 2017-2018 budget to the community. The budget we are bringing forward is one that builds on the strong traditions of the Tenafly Public Schools and provides a plan for the next school year that maintains low class size, upgrades our facilities, completes the one-to-one Chromebook Initiative in technology, and provides new programs for our students. This budget also supports a new high school schedule that along with the Chromebook Initiative will provide increased opportunities for in-depth, independent and experiential learning. Although state aid is $439,649 less than it was eight years ago in the 2009-2010 school year, we have been successful in managing district funds in a way that increases revenue, decreases expenses and increases shared services. This has been our goal for the past 4 years and will continue to serve the district well in the future.

The success of our planning and budgeting has enabled us to provide the means to create educational opportunities for our students which actualize the Mission Statement specifically by providing programs and support for each and every student and preparing these students to be successful members of a 21st Century global society and implementing the ideas from the District’s goals – touching upon all 7 goals including sustaining a dynamic learning environment, revising curriculum to ensure rigor and relevance, providing professional development for staff, balancing the intellectual, social and emotional well-being of our students, inspiring and supporting instructional innovation and infusing a respect for diverse cultures.

In the end this is a budget that balances the needs of our students and provides them with a progressive educational program with a fiscally responsible budget approach.



u Student Learning Opportunities
Elementary School
  • Next generation science – full implementation grade 5 w/ textbooks to support new curriculum
Middle School
  • Increased nursing support
High School
  • Increased staffing for class size
  • New Courses
    • Sociology Journalism (full year) Graphic Novel Grade 12 Math CPB Marketing
  • Enhancement of the Business Academy
  • New High School block schedule with later starting times
u Creation of Curriculum Cycles
u Increased Support for At-Risk students
  • Additional psychologist at THS (.5FTE)
  • Walk-In Center at the middle school and high school
u Addition of Technology Mentors
u Creation of a Freshman Girls Soccer Program
u Continuation of Four-Year Plan
  • Staffing and programs
  • VDI – software and hardware – lease
  • Continued installation of Smart Boards as requested
  • Purchase of iPads and carts for kindergarten classes
  • Purchase of laptops for teachers
  • Upgrade the security system across the district
  • Upgrade lockdown notification and alert system
  • Tennis court replacement
  • Maugham school main exterior door replacement


¨ Tax Levy at 2.00%
¨ Health Care Cost Waiver $419,490 (not applied to tax levy; will be banked)
¨ State Aid $1,443,930
¨ Use of Fund Balance $2,392,774
¨ 13% projected increase in Health Insurance Premiums
¨ Average Property Value $785,000
¨ Annual School Tax for Average Property (increase of $222/yr which includes Debt Service)



For more detailed information about the 2017-2018 school budget
click below to view the Preliminary Budget Presentation
Preliminary Budget Presentation – March 14, 2017




Lynn Trager's Retirement
Superintendent Budget Letter 2016-2017
2016-2017 School Budget
Lynn Trager, Superintendent of Schools
I am pleased to present the 2016-2017 budget to the community. The budget we are bringing forward is one that builds on the strong traditions of the Tenafly Public Schools and provides a plan for the next school year that maintains low class size, upgrades our facilities and technology, and provides new programs for our students. Although state aid is $439,734 less than it was six years ago in the 2009-2010 school year, we have been successful in managing district funds in a way that increases revenue, decreases expenses and increases shared services. This has been our goal for the past 4 years and will continue to serve the district well in the future.

The success of our planning and budgeting has enabled us to provide the means to create educational opportunities for our students which give them the necessary tools to help each student become successful contributors in the 21st Century. In the end this is a budget that balances the needs of our students and provides them with a progressive educational program with a fiscally responsible budget approach.
Ideas and Programs Supported by the 2016-2017 Budget
Student Learning Opportunities
Elementary Schools
  • Introduce Physical Science in Grade 5 (aligned with NGSS)

Middle School

  • Expand the Special Education co-teach model
  • Offer Geometry to 8th graders
  • Update 6th grade physical science textbooks
High School
  • Expand the transition program
  • Introduce an interdisciplinary course in Social Studies and English
  • Create a New Business Academy
  • Implement CPR instruction to students prior to graduation
  • Full funding for Hockey and Swimming
Expand the Chromebook One-to-One Initiative to Grades 9-12
Shared Vice Principal for the Four Elementary Schools
Early Childhood Learning Center – Tiger Tots
Continuation of 4-Year Plan
  • Staffing to support class size and new programs
  • Install Smart Boards as requested
  • Replace and Repair the middle school roof
  • Repave the Middle School parking lot
  • Replace gym doors in the elementary schools
  • New and updated district phone system
  • Contribute to Swim Club parking lot repaving (tentative)
BUDGET FACTS 2016-2017
  • Tax Levy at 3.58%
  • Banked Cap $645,562; Enrollment Adjustment $209,946; Health Care Cost Waiver $79,778
  • State Aid $1,443,845 less SDA assessment $40,082, net State Aid $1,403,763
  • Use of Fund Balance $2,395,801
  • 15% projected increase in Health Insurance Premiums
  • Average Property Value $785,000
  • Annual School Tax for Average Home
  • Increase of $255/yr (includes Debt Service)


For more detailed information about the 2016-2017 school budget
click to view the Preliminary Budget Presentation -March 15, 2016
Contacts
+ Strompf, Sharon
+ Trager, Lynn
Click on name to see details.

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