On behalf of the Clark Public School District, we wish to extend our thanks and gratitude to members of the community for your overwhelming support of the proposed school budget for 2011-2012. The budget passed by a vote of 885-388, translating to an approval passage of 69 percent, one of the highest passage rates in Union County.
Realizing that many of you purchased homes in the Clark community due to the quality of the school district, our focus while creating the school budget was to maintain community standards by keeping class sizes in check, providing curricular enhancement and expansion, meeting the unique needs of our entire learning community and assuring our educators have all the tools they need to launch our rigorous educational program. Ultimately, the goal was to create a school budget that supports the instruction of the District’s 2,352 students in grades Pre-K through 12, a population with various learning styles and educational needs.
On an ongoing basis, you can rest assured that we are continuously exploring efficiencies to assure the maximum impact per dollar, be they shared services, purchasing through consortiums, partnering with the municipality, or thinking outside the box to provide existing services in a more cost-effective fashion.
We wish to thank our partners in the school and township communities, each of whom helped us deliver the budget message and content to taxpayers. Special thanks to each of four esteemed PTA presidents for allowing us time at their meetings to present the budget, to the Clark Seniors for so graciously inviting us to make a budget presentation at their monthly April meeting, and to our Clark Education Association for their tireless efforts in helping to get out the vote.
Thank you again for your ongoing dedication and commitment to supporting our town’s schools and instructional program. We are proud to be part of a community that places such high esteem and value on the education of our community’s children.
Kenneth J. Knops
Superintendent of Schools
School Business Administrator
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