EAGLESWOOD TOWNSHIP - The local school district will hold the public hearing tonight on its proposed budget, which includes cutting four employees, reducing programs and possibly increasing taxes.
The district is losing $109,030 in state aid as part of Gov. Chris Christie's recently proposed budget, more than 13 percent of the aid it received last year, trimming the overall budget by 4.66 percent to about $2.34 million.
Business Administrator Denise O'Connell said the district is proposing to let go of two non-tenured teachers and two aides. She also said they would be cutting the instrumental music program, and reducing speech classes from four days a week to three.
She said there could also be a slight tax increase, although she declined to discuss what it would be on Friday, saying the board might have adjusted since its last meeting to change the number slightly.
"I don't want to give you that number because it could still change," she said.
The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Eagleswood Elementary School on Route 9.