The Upper Township school district will present a $34.2 million budget to voters Tuesday that cuts seven staff members, including four teachers.

The district lost about $1.7 million in state aid this year, with state cuts affecting nearly every school district in New Jersey.

Upper Township was able to offset deeper cuts because it has fewer students to send to Ocean City High School next year due to more graduating seniors than incoming freshmen, said Laurie Ryan, Upper Township’s school business administrator.

Upper Township will have 60 fewer students at Ocean City High School, for which the township pays tuition of about $16,000 per student, Ryan said.

The difference is almost $1 million. However, the following year Upper Township expects to have 22 more high school students attend Ocean City, she said.

“The savings we realize this year we won’t have next year,” she said.

The district’s 2010-11 budget would set a school tax rate of 1.0174 cents per $100 of assessed value, a 4.67 percent increase from last year, school district figures show.

The budget would collect $22.5 million from taxpayers. A homeowner would pay $1,017 in school taxes for every $100,000 of assessed value.

The budget would cut three part-time aides and four full-time teachers, including two middle school teachers, a special education teacher and a speech therapist, Ryan said.

“We’re just all trying to live within our means,” Ryan said. “We just hope the voters will come out and support the budget.”

On Monday, Upper Township Committee introduced an $11.25 million budget that would avoid imposing a local purpose tax due to $6.2 million in state energy receipts tax rebates the township receives for hosting the B.L. England power plant in Beesleys Point.

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