Additional State Funding Announced, Chesterfield’s Budget to be Presented

By Ben Wolverton
March 10, 2019 – 10:10pm

CHESTERFIELD, NJ – Tomorrow’s Board of Education meeting will discuss the 2019-2020 Chesterfield Elementary School Budget, and we should learn more about the increase in state aid the school will receive next year, and how they plan to use it.

Looking back to March of 2017, Chesterfield’s budget was in crisis. As the state’s lowest-funded district, and with a $500,000 deficit, Superintendent Scott Heino wrote a letter to the State Legislation, saying “We find ourselves in the same situation as previous years, having to make deep budget cuts just to ensure we have the proper staff to support our students due to the lack of State aid… We can’t continue to operate with our growth on flat funding.”

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This week, it was announced Chesterfield would receive an additional $253,515 towards the 2019-2020 school budget in conjunction with Governor Murphy’s budget address.

On Friday, Superintendent Heino wrote a letter to the community saying “With the signing of [bill] S2 last July, the Chesterfield Township School is on a path to full funding in the next six years.” Heino, along with Business Administrator Patrick Pisano, will present highlights of the 2019-2020 budget at the Board of Education meeting scheduled for March 11th. WBNC News will be filming this meeting.

Ben Wolverton can be reached at bwolverton@wbncnews.com

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