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West Morris Regional Regionalization Discussion Information provided by the New Jersey Department of Education as a resource to the citizens of the 5 towns making up the regional school district to help them make the best decisions for their children and taxes
Who thinks they pay too much in property taxes? Who wants a better education for their children? The Recurring Questions
West Morris Regional Do you have a successful school district?
West Morris Regional Academics Academic Data 2011 HSPALA PP LA P LA AP M PP MPMP M AP SAT 2010 Central HS 3.2% Mendham HS WMR State NJASK8 LA PP LA P LA AP M PP MPMP M AP Wash 8 4.9% Chester Mend B Mend T State th & 65 th out of 390 for HSPA LA in state (3 rd & 44 th not including choice high schools) - 1 st and 8 th non-choice HSPA LA in county (out of 22) - 38 th & 78 th for HSPA M (20 th & 55 th not including choice) - 2 nd & 8 th non choice HSPA M in county -14 th, 39 th, 62 nd & 130 th out of 697 for NJASK8 LA in state - 4 th, 8 th, 11 th and 19 th NJASK8 LA in county (out of 35) - 34 th, 59 th, 71 st & 136 th for NJASK8 M - 3 rd, 5 th, 8 th & 17 th NJASK8 M in county High Achievement
West Morris Regional Academics -Only IB School in County -More AP Offerings Than Comparable Schools -More Rigorous World Languages -More Electives -Marching Band and Music -Sports Wide Breadth of Programs
West Morris Regional How does your district spend taxpayer money?
Total Property Taxes for a $500,000 Home Chester Boro – $12,031 Washington Township – $11,667 Chester Township – $10,901 Mendham Boro – $9,537 Mendham Township – $9,500 State Average – $10,028 West Morris Regional Financials School District Per Pupil Spending State Overall Median – $13,018 State 9-12 Median – $14,840 WMR – $13, th lowest out of 47 limited purpose regional (LPR) HS districts lowest of 3 Morris County LPRs (Hanover Park - $17136 and Morris Hills - $15,121) Demonstrated Strong Educational Value
West Morris Regional Financials Equal Spending Between Schools
West Morris Regional Financials Current Constructions Costs Cause Difference in Expense and Debt
Calculation of Municipality Apportionment of the High School Budget Net Evaluation NJDOE Equalized Valuation Percent High School Enrollment for the Municipality High School Equalized Valuation Percentage Share Chester Boro $ 389,281,256 $ 439,149, % $ 92,836, Chester Twp $ 1,844,200,935 $ 2,066,993, % $ 698,230, Mendham Boro $ 1,296,664,611 $ 1,412,817, % $ 439,386, Mendham Twp $ 1,889,936,443 $ 2,082,272, % $ 676,113, Washington Twp $ 2,820,516,022 $ 3,142,094, % $ 1,090,935, $ 8,240,599,267 $ 9,143,328,113 $ 2,997,502, West Morris Regional Financials
Actual GCE Tax Rate for CY2011 Chester Boro Chester Twp Mendham Boro Mendham Twp Washington Twp Impact on mil rate if State Aid was distributed by Municipality West Morris Regional Financials
West Morris Regional Do you still want to explore a change in the structure or funding apportionment of the district?
Regionalization Options Steps to Change Funding Apportionment (18A:13-23) – Property method is default and can be seen as more stable and reflecting ability to pay. – Enrollment method is more like a user fee but can be seen as more volatile. – Both can be seen as fair. – or anything hybrid of property and enrollment methods can be seen as a compromise. – Majority of voters in each constituent municipality of regional school district must support.
Regionalization Options Steps to Dissolution or Deregionalization/Withdrawal (NJSA18A:13-48) – For withdrawal, need a resolution from local constituent school board of regional or municipality to apply for investigation from county office. – For dissolution, need a resolution from a majority of the boards of education of the school districts which constitute a limited purpose regional school district and a majority of the governing bodies of the municipalities which constitute that district to apply for investigation from county office. – County office meeting within 21 days – County office report within 60 days but if county office asked for feasibility study then have 60 days from that studys completion – Within 30 days after the county report, the municipality or school board can petition the Commissioner for permission to submit the question to the voters. – For withdrawal, a majority of the whole and a majority within the town seeking to withdraw is required, while for dissolution, a majority of the whole and a majority in the majority of towns in the regional is required. – Other boards and other municipalities have 15 days from when the Commissioner is petitioned to respond. – Within 15 days of the receipt of all resolutions, a board of review composed of the NJDOE Commissioner, a State Board of Education member, the State Treasurer and the Director DCAs Division of Local Government Services shall determine whether to grant the petition to go to the voters and how indebtedness should factor in.
Regionalization Options Steps to New Regional Structures (NJSA 18A:13-34) – Local board and Commissioner have to approve. – Majority of voters must support in each town. – Largest district CBA takes over.
West Morris Regional What financial ramifications could emerge from some of those changes?
Possible Property Tax Levy Changes (holding spending constant and keeping it property- based) WT Levy Share CT Levy Share CB Levy Share MT Levy Share MB Levy Share Current 35.39% K MT Withdrawn Note: MT would send tuition to a new district if it withdrew, and that per pupil tuition would be based on NJDOE calculations depending on the district that accepted their students
West Morris Regional Now that you see some of your options, what other questions need to be answered to make the most informed decision on your childrens education and your taxes?
Unanswered Questions to Consider Education Quality – Current and Future Questions SAT Inputs vs. Outcomes Absolute vs. Growth Prioritization/Sacrifice Population Changes Enrollment Declines Could Dramatically Change Apportionment Discussion
Unanswered Questions to Consider Examples Mixed Results Delayed Savings West Windsor-Plainsboro, Union County, Elmer, Sea Isle City, Jamesburg, charter school Litigation
Unanswered Questions to Consider Willingness to Further Regionalize Current and looming vacancies Are there shared services occurring now? Obstacles & Benefits from Further Regionalization New Resources Reduced Administrative Expenses
Unanswered Questions to Consider Collective Bargaining Agreements (NJSA 18A: ) Could increase costs Bumping Staff & Student Transition Unpredictability Teacher morale Shared resources for students
Unanswered Questions to Consider Debt What happens to assets? To be determined by panel but can go back to when regional district was formed in 1958 Sending/Receiving Headaches – Any savings could be delayed because of other variables – Who can take on new students after a deregionalization? – Will quality change? – Could the finances be more a wash than anyone thinks? – Will board representation stay the same? – Tuition spikes will no longer be shared
West Morris Regional Regionalization Discussion Questions?
Next Steps Legislation and working within existing law Per Pupil Assessed Valuation Fixed Costs vs. Variable Costs Blended Methodologies Circuit Breakers ?& ?% Failure to solve the cost allocation just perpetuates the argument Feasibility Study Are Taxpayers willing to pay for a feasibility study to answer the unknown so they can be better educated when asked to make a decision? Some towns are already budgeting
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