Half Day to Full Day

Egg Harbor Township school officials canceled plans to go from half-day to full-day kindergarten due to budget concerns. Monday October 24, 2016. (Viviana Pernot / Staff Photographer)

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Liz Butcher has 200 million reasons fellow residents should be more active in getting more state aid for township schools.

The number represents $200 million the district should have received but has not due to the state not funding the school aid formula.

Butcher is recruiting local residents to attend the Senate Budget Committee hearing on education funding set for 10 a.m. May 2 in Trenton.

She said a large number of underfunded North Jersey schools were represented at the Assembly budget hearing last week.

Local school officials and a few parents testified at public hearings on school funding, but Butcher said more residents need to speak up and contact local legislators.

“The Pinelands growth issues has never been addressed,” she said, referring to the rapid growth the township experienced, which increased school enrollment but had little impact on state aid.

Pete Castellano, who heads the school board finance committee, has said the district has lost almost $200 million since the new formula took effect in 2008-09, and another $43 million since 2000-01. For the current year, the district is $27 million short. Meanwhile, property taxes have doubled since 2000.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting may contact Butcher at lizzypar@hotmail.com or on Twitter at @lizzypar.

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609-272-7241 DDamico@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressDamico

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