Caldwell-West Caldwell School Board Approves Tax Levy Increase for 2024-2025 Budget

In a recent Caldwell-West Caldwell School Board meeting, the most significant action taken was the approval of a tax levy resolution for the 2024-2025 school budget, proposing a 1.8% increase from the previous year. This approval came amidst discussions of the district’s financial management and efforts to stay below the 2% cap. The meeting also celebrated student achievements in sports and performing arts, and engaged with community concerns regarding financial planning and upcoming school events.

The tax levy resolution for the upcoming school year drew discussion as it will impact local taxpayers and the financial resources available to the district. The resolution, read by Danielle, was approved by the board. Discussion of the tax levy was accompanied by the announcement of a forthcoming budget hearing scheduled for May 6, 2024, which will provide an opportunity for public engagement and further discussion of the district’s financial plans.

Financial stewardship was a prominent theme of the meeting, with the presentation of a financial report by the auditor. This report showed an increase in balances and touched upon various financial topics including funds, reserves, and interest rates. The auditor underscored the importance of transparency and communication to the understanding of the district’s financial status. The board’s response to the auditor’s report was positive, with members expressing their gratitude for the clarity of the report and praising the business office for their diligence, as evidenced by the absence of audit recommendations.

In addition to fiscal matters, the meeting highlighted several achievements and initiatives within the schools. The student representatives from the Grover Cleveland Middle School House of Respect and House of Citizenship reported on recent activities such as a table tennis event, an after-school volleyball tournament, and preparations for an upcoming Make a Difference Day. They also announced the start of the annual bake wars fundraiser, which engages the school community in a friendly competition while raising funds.

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The swim team celebrated a semi-final victory, and the wrestling team was acknowledged for their successful season, which included being crowned co-American Conference champions.

Community engagement and support for student activities were evident as the board president mentioned an upcoming music marathon event at James Caldwell High School. Additionally, accolades were given to the high school drama department for their recent production of “Chicago,” which was well-received by audiences.

The JCHS Scholarship Fund Committee presented their ongoing efforts to raise funds to support graduating seniors in pursuing higher education. They discussed their commitment to managing various scholarships and highlighted upcoming fundraising events designed to bolster their financial assistance programs.

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Public comments addressed changes in the agenda format and sought updates on the timeline for a potential Fieldhouse referendum. The board responded by providing updates and reassured the individual that their commitment to the community’s financial well-being remained steadfast. The meeting concluded with a motion to enter into executive session, allowing the board to discuss matters privately.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Superintendent:
Christopher Conklin
School Board Officials:
Julianne Grosso, Chris D’Ambola, Terri DiMartini-Greenlee, Danielle Mack, Marisa Landolfi-Jefferson, Madeline Alberta (JCHS Student Representative)

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