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1 Westwood Regional Board of Education James M. Sheerin, Ed.D. Interim Superintendent of Schools Keith A. Rosado Business Administrator/ Board Secretary April 24, Budget Presentation

2 “To provide excellence in education through rich and diverse learning opportunities, enabling students to exercise intelligent control of their future.” Westwood Regional Mission Statement

3 Board of Education Roberta Hanlon (WW) - President Lee-Ann Schaadt (WW) - Vice President Joseph Blundo - (WW) Julie Keating - (WT) Charles Koch - (WT) Paul Liddy - (WT) Darlene Mandeville - (WT) Russell Miller - (WW) Susan Swietkowski- (WW) James M. Sheerin - Interim Superintendent of Schools Keith A. Rosado - Business Admin / Board Secretary

4 Where can I get more information? Visit us at for a copy of the Budget Presentation and for additional information. The Budget Book will be available at the following locations: Westwood Public Library Twp. of Washington Public Library Westwood Public Library Twp. of Washington Public Library Westwood Borough Hall Twp. of Washington Town Hall Westwood Borough Hall Twp. of Washington Town Hall Board of Education Office, 701 Ridgewood Rd, Twp. of Washington Board of Education Office, 701 Ridgewood Rd, Twp. of Washington the Interim Superintendent for more information at

5 Facility Upgrades Berkeley Removal and Replacement of tile floorRemoval and Replacement of tile floor Renovation of bathroomsRenovation of bathrooms Replacement of boilerReplacement of boilerBrookside Sound proofing of Band RoomSound proofing of Band Room Renovation of bathroomsRenovation of bathroomsGeorge Milled existing and installed new blacktop in the front drivewayMilled existing and installed new blacktop in the front driveway Renovation of bathroomsRenovation of bathroomsWashington Created new instructional space within buildingCreated new instructional space within building Middle School Roof replacement over gymnasiumRoof replacement over gymnasium Jr./Sr. High School Upgraded Upper Gym by installing new scoreboards, repainted gym and resurfaced/painted gym floorUpgraded Upper Gym by installing new scoreboards, repainted gym and resurfaced/painted gym floor Established team rooms for both male and female athletes and Athletic Trainer SuiteEstablished team rooms for both male and female athletes and Athletic Trainer Suite Replaced light board, ceiling tiles, and painted the Hurley TheaterReplaced light board, ceiling tiles, and painted the Hurley Theater

6 The Budget Continues to Support Elementary Schools Integrated Preschool Integrated Preschool Full-day Kindergarten Full-day Kindergarten Balanced Literacy Balanced Literacy Spanish and French instruction starting in grade 1 Spanish and French instruction starting in grade 1 Instrumental music starting in grade 4 Instrumental music starting in grade 4 Wireless laptop and Smart Room Technologies Wireless laptop and Smart Room Technologies Gifted and Talented programs Gifted and Talented programs Full-time Physical Education Teachers in every school Full-time Physical Education Teachers in every school Full-time Nurse in every building Full-time Nurse in every building Elementary Guidance Counselor & Behaviorist Elementary Guidance Counselor & Behaviorist

7 The Budget Continues to Support Middle & Jr./Sr. High School Cycle, elective, and accelerated academic classes in grades 6-8 Cycle, elective, and accelerated academic classes in grades 6-8 Numerous semester or full-year courses offered at Numerous semester or full-year courses offered at different levels in grades 9-12 different levels in grades 9-12 Spanish, French and American Sign Language offered for Spanish, French and American Sign Language offered for grades 6-12 grades 6-12 Honors courses in various subjects for grades 9-12 Honors courses in various subjects for grades 9-12 Advanced Placement courses for grades Advanced Placement courses for grades Excellent student-guidance counselor ratio for grades 6-12 Excellent student-guidance counselor ratio for grades 6-12 Clubs, organizations, & intramurals for grades 6-7 Clubs, organizations, & intramurals for grades 6-7 Clubs, organizations, & interscholastic athletic teams for Clubs, organizations, & interscholastic athletic teams for grades 8-12 grades 8-12

8 MATHEMATICS State Assessments TOTAL STUDENTS Scoring Proficient and Advanced Proficient

9 LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY State Assessments TOTAL STUDENTS Scoring Proficient and Advanced Proficient

10 SCIENCE State Assessments TOTAL STUDENTS Scoring Proficient and Advanced Proficient

11 Selected College Admissions of Class of 2013 ADELPHI UNIVERSITY CLARK UNIVERSITY FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY ALBRIGHT COLLEGE CLARKSON UNIVERSITY FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY ALVERNIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF SAINT ELIZABETH FELICIAN COLLEGE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND FISHER COLLEGE ARCADIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY BENTLEY UNIVERSITY CORNELL UNIVERSITY FORDHAM UNIVERSITY BERGEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE CUNY - BROOKLYN COLLEGE FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY CUNY - CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE CUNY - HUNTER COLLEGE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CUNY - JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE GETTYSBURG COLLEGE BOSTON COLLEGE CUNY - MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE HARVARD COLLEGE BOSTON UNIVERSITY CUNY - NEW YORK CITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY CUNY - QUEENS COLLEGE ITHACA COLLEGE BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY CURRY COLLEGE JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY BUTLER UNIVERSITY DOMINICAN COLLEGE OF BLAUVELT KEAN UNIVERSITY CALDWELL COLLEGE DREW UNIVERSITY KEYSTONE COLLEGE CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS DREXEL UNIVERSITY KING'S COLLEGE CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY LA SALLE UNIVERSITY CENTENARY COLLEGE EMERSON COLLEGE LASELL COLLEGE CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY ENDICOTT COLLEGE LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

12 Selected College Admissions of Class of 2013 LIM COLLEGE NEW HAMPSHIRE INSTITUTE OF ART SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY LIU POST NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ST. JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN LYCOMING COLLEGE NIAGARA UNIVERSITY SETON HALL UNIVERSITY LYNN UNIVERSITY NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SIENA COLLEGE MANHATTAN COLLEGE NYACK COLLEGE SKIDMORE COLLEGE MARIST COLLEGE PACE UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK CITY SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY PARK ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY & HEALTH SCIENCES PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY MCDANIEL COLLEGE PROVIDENCE COLLEGE ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE MERCY COLLEGE QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY RIDER UNIVERSITY SUNY AT ALBANY MOORE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN ROANOKE COLLEGE SUNY AT CORTLAND MORAVIAN COLLEGE ROCKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUNY AT NEW PALTZ MOUNT SAINT MARY COLLEGE ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY SUNY AT ONEONTA MTI COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY ROWAN UNIVERSITY SUNY AT OSWEGO NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY SUNY AT PURCHASE

13 Selected College Admissions of Class of 2013 SUNY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AT UTICA/ROME UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD UTICA COLLEGE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY TEMPLE UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF MAINE VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK WASHINGTON AND JEFFERSON COLLEGE THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST WASHINGTON COLLEGE THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, DARTMOUTH WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND WESLEY COLLEGE THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE TOWSON UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY TUFTS UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT WILKES UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING YORK COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE URSINUS COLLEGE

14 Westwood Regional School District’s State Aid Historical Analysis School Year State Aid Percentage of Budget $2,697, % $2,778, % $3,129, % $3,129, % $ 451, % $1,361, % $1,652, % $1,652, % $1,706,684*3.10% *The State Aid for the school year is equal to prior year but still an overall reduction from of % which equals $1,017,160, non-inclusive of the Extraordinary Aid ($405,832) which was included in State Aid totals *The State Aid for the school year is equal to prior year but still an overall reduction from of % which equals $1,017,160, non-inclusive of the Extraordinary Aid ($405,832) which was included in State Aid totals.

15 Budgeted Revenue General Local Tax Levy 47,481, % Budgeted Fund Balance 2,502, % Extraordinary Aid 905, % Miscellaneous 142, , % State Aid 1,706,684 1,706, % State & Federal Grants 1,060, % Debt Service Local Tax Levy 877, , % Debt Service Aid 345, , % Total Revenue 55,020,748 55,020,748

16 Westwood Regional Board of Education Budget Revenues

17 Budgeted Appropriations Instruction19,453, % Instruction Support Services 8,360, % Tuition3,786, % Administration Support Services 4,060, % Operation & Maintenance of Plant 3,902, % Transportation1,935, % Capital Outlay 2,539, % Employee Benefits & Other Support Services 8,698, % State/Federal Grants 1,060, % Debt Service 1,222, % Total Appropriations 55,020,748

18 Westwood Regional Board of Education Budget Appropriations

19 Special Education Students Sent To Out-of-District Placements

20 Health Benefits Costs

21 Highlights in Budget Increases/Decreases DescriptionIncreaseReason Capital Projects: Roofs / HS Facade $1,580,861 Capital Project Funding - Amount represents 60% of total project costs funded by Capital Reserve Withdrawal and Local Taxes. Remaining 40% funded by ROD Grants Salary Increases $690,314 Projected Contracted Salary Increase (subject to change with contract negotiations) New Positions (3) $147,262 Full Time Bus Driver (bring additional routes in house); District Instructional Computer Technology Coordinator (new role); Additional Special Ed Teacher at HS (currently shared with Berkeley) Employee Health, Dental, Vision Benefits $112,598 Rate increases, new vision plan Other Employee Benefits $36,415 Costs Associated with retiree payouts Unemployment Compensation ($250,000) Reduction in funding unemployment account balance General Administration ($184,594) Reduction in Administration cost ( Legal, Professional Services, Communications/Telephone) Alternate Education HS Program ($133,836) No longer require services of external consultant Tuition($69,368) Net impact of graduating students and new enrollees. Includes assumption of 6 Behavioral Students' tuition if we do not establish an in-house program TOTAL$1,929,652

22 Tax Levy Allocation History Percent of Allocation Year Borough of Westwood Township of Washington %48.465% %49.924% %51.156% %50.687% %49.819% %48.874% %47.211% %45.851% %46.902% %47.066% * The a llocation is calculated by the State using the equalized valuation of each town over the total valuation of both towns.

23 Budget Impact For Average Home Borough of Westwood$(13.11) / Month Township of Washington$31.16 / Month This is based on an average home assessed for Borough of Westwood of $387,100 (down from $397,677) Township of Washington of $481,000 (down from $533,900) Borough of Westwood percentage is 52.93% (down from %) Township of Washington percentage is 47.07% (up from %)

24 Proposed Tax Rate per $100,000 Assessed Value Borough of Westwood $1, $1, Borough of Westwood $1, $1, Township of Washington $1, $1, Township of Washington $1, $1, * The recent revaluations changed the tax rate due to the updated valuations of both towns.

25 The Bottom Line… The Proposed Budget calls for: A 2.00% increase in the operating budget tax levyA 2.00% increase in the operating budget tax levy A 1.95% increase in overall tax levyA 1.95% increase in overall tax levy Maintaining core programming with an emphasis on educational best practicesMaintaining core programming with an emphasis on educational best practices While other districts are reducing opportunities, the Westwood Regional School District continues to offer improved curriculum and programs by being effective, efficient, and responsible with taxpayer dollars.

26 Q & A Budget Presentation


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