Elizabeth School Budget Holds Taxes Steady

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ELIZABETH – Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Pablo Muñoz delivered a proposed school budget that does not include a tax increase at a special Board of Education meeting at the John E. Dwyer Technology Academy’s Auditorium in Elizabeth this week.

As school districts throughout the State of New Jersey face difficult economic challenges, the Elizabeth Public Schools developed a budget taking into account the values and needs of its students, families and taxpaying community. The budget being proposed has been designed with the goal of keeping taxes stable and lowering operational costs while continuing to provide an excellent education for students.

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School officials noted that:

  • The per pupil cost is down to $14,655, the lowest cost per pupil since 2006-2007.
  • The total budget amount was reduced in real dollars by $5.2 million. (The budget amount for 2011-2012 is $402,505,871 compared to $407,766,425 in 2010-2011.)
  • Elizabeth’s administrative cost per student is $1,336, well below the New Jersey regional cost per student of $1,768.
  • Elizabeth Public Schools has the highest proficiency among all Abbott School districts – making it the top urban school district in the State of New Jersey.

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