Watchung School Board Tackles Budget and Bus System Challenges

In the latest meeting of the Watchung School Board, attention was given to the financial stability and operational challenges faced by the district. With the presence of auditor Valerie Dolan, the board delved into the intricacies of the school district’s financial health, navigating through a discussion of the 2022-2023 audit report. The audit, as Dolan clarified, did not involve the current fiscal year but served as a navigational tool to project future expenditures and address potential financial icebergs on the horizon. The board also grappled with the operational challenges of staff turnover and the need to adjust the budget to accommodate unforeseen costs, such as rising healthcare, transportation, and insurance.

Moreover, the meeting brought into focus the issue of student transportation, with speakers emphasizing the need for improvements to the reliability and safety of the bus system.

The board also tackled the issue of filling a vacancy on the board, conducting interviews with four candidates who presented their backgrounds and commitment to the role. The candidates discussed their experiences and views on pertinent issues like social media’s influence on students, financial management, and curricular needs for financial literacy.

In addition to these topics, the meeting addressed the achievements and updates from the Valley View School and Bayberry School, including student activities and celebrations, as well as staff appointments. Legislative updates were provided, spotlighting changes that could affect school board operations and decision-making processes. Community engagement was also a focal point, with updates on PTO fundraisers and donations to school programs.

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Superintendent:
Julie Glazer
School Board Officials:
Jennifer Agugliaro, Danielle Amedeo, Mohamad Freij, Manuel Gonzalez, Dorie Harvey, Anthony Ingrassia, Phyllis Juette, Fatima Santos

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