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April 2011

Planning & Constructing the Budget referendum enabled Shore Regional to replace its old One of the greatest challenges a school district heating, air conditioning and electrical system with new faces is the structuring of a fiscally responsible budget. This challenge grows more difficult each year as costs high efficiency heat, air conditioning and lighting rise and revenues are capped. To conquer this systems. These new systems are all controlled by a computerized building management system that challenge we must contain costs wherever possible and optimizes their efficiencies. The 2010-2011 school year seek alternate forms of revenue. Governor Christie has is the first full year with these new systems and have made it clear that school districts and municipalities can already demonstrated cost savings. and must operate with no more than a “Governor Christie has made it We look forward to the cost savings 2% increase in the tax levy each fiscal clear “The to Shore that impact school districts and these systems will provide for the year. Shore Regional has met this municipalities Regional iscana and 94.7% must or future. challenge through numerous shared operate with no more than a 2% $744,303 reduction in Shared services have become service initiatives, staff retirements, increase in the tax levy each state aid.” and will continue to be extremely substantial changes in medical fiscal year. Shore Regional has important. We continue to join insurance plans and increased utility met this challenge…..” consortiums with other Districts efficiencies, to name a few. This budget makes reductions wherever feasible without throughout the State to increase our purchasing power for items such as liability insurance, school supplies, jeopardizing the outstanding education provided to the school buses, electricity, natural gas, telephone service students of Shore Regional. and trash collection. We continue to share personnel The creation of Shore Regional’s 2011-2012 with the Districts in our region for both the cost and budget was once again accomplished in accordance educational benefits. To date we share our Substance with New Jersey Law A4. In preparing this budget, the Awareness Counselor, Child Study Team Case Manager District critically reviewed curriculum requirements, and Curriculum Director. Shore Regional also shares its enrollment trends, physical plant concerns, transportation issues, and projected staffing needs to Business Administrator with a neighboring District conscientiously account for each dollar presented in the outside of the local region. All of these have proven proposed budget. In these times of economic beneficial and encourage us to continue exploring new opportunities to share and save. uncertainty Shore Regional has continued to be prudent The pages herein of this newsletter present the and fiscally responsible by creating a budget that budget in multiple graphs, charts and statistics for your represents a minimal increase to the towns that we review. As always, you are encouraged to participate in serve. the budget vote on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. We Staff salaries have been contained within the thank you for your continued support of Shore Regional. parameters set by only increasing a total of 2%, while If you have any comments or questions, please visit Administrative salaries have decreased 3%. Utility costs have been budgeted at a 10% decrease due to the Shore Regional’s website at or contact the Business Office at (732) 222-9300. completion of our energy/efficiency upgrades. The



PROPOSED BUDGET BY PROGRAM Current Budget 2010-2011

Proposed Budget 2011-2012

Increase (Decrease)

Instruction Special Education Co-Curricular & Athletics Tuition (Special Ed & MCVTS Academies) Health Services Guidance Child Study Team Supervision of Instruction Library/Media General Administration School Administriation Business Services & Info Tech Plant Operations Transportation Employee Benefits Food Service Other Instruction Capital Expenditures


3,471,886 518,918 794,375 1,709,210 91,600 568,700 135,315 252,111 197,056 407,315 438,730 313,578 1,511,016 1,235,387 2,664,011 10,000 77,555 330,271


3,607,808 515,275 813,491 2,012,043 91,400 586,617 134,975 220,873 198,146 362,048 386,003 289,523 1,492,878 1,288,963 2,666,178 83,795 276,514

$ 135,922 (3,643) 19,116 302,833 (200) 17,917 (340) (31,238) 1,090 (45,267) (52,727) (24,055) (18,138) 53,576 2,167 (10,000) 6,240 (53,757)







$ 299,496

GENERAL FUND REVENUES Local Property Taxes State Aid Surplus Tuition Transportation Miscellaneous

$14,386,255 191,114 -030,000 355,000 64,161

(Interest, etc.)



Total Taxpayer Liability


Dollar Impact - Average Assessed Home


Monmouth Beach


1.5 ¢



2.5 ¢

Sea Bright West Long Branch

Decrease Increase

Average Assessment

-5.6 ¢ 1.0 ¢ 2



Monmouth Beach


608,557 $

7.59 $




450,000 $

9.54 $


Sea Bright


399,000 $

West Long Branch


474,596 $

(18.35) $ (220.20) 4.18 $


Per Pupil Cost Comparison

Budget by Category

Curriculum Transportation 5% Facilities 8%


Utilities 3%

Salaries 46%

Other (Athle., Ins., Etc) 7%

Tuition 14% Employee Benefits 17%

2011-2012 Budget Breakdown Salaries The SREA contract will be entering its second year of 3 years. The new contract resulted in a significant change in medical benefit plans plus contributions towards medical benefits yielding savings in excess of $200,000. Employee Benefits Due to changes in medical plans, the District expects an increase of less than 1%. This budget also includes state mandated contributions to the Public Employees Retirement System. Transportation This represents over forty in-house and contracted bus routes including special education bussing. Shared service initiatives with our sending districts have yielded savings in excess of $250,000 despite salaries and MCVTS bus routes. Tuition We experienced two new out-of-district special education placements costing the District in excess of $340,000 per year. Private schools for the disabled tuition rates continue to outpace public schools. Also, Monmouth County Vocational Technical Schools & Academies (HighTech, Allied Health, MAST, Comm. High & Bio Tech) pass along tuition costs in excess of $400,000 plus the cost of transportation. Supervision of Instruction, Textbooks, Supplies & Educational Media The District projects no new curriculum initiatives, however, all current programs will be maintained. The International Baccalaureate Program will begin year five at Shore Regional. Generally, this program provides our students with an advantage when competing for college placements.

Utilities & Communications Due to the cooperative purchasing agreements in which we participate for electricity, natural gas and telephone service and the completion of our energy/efficiency construction project, the budget provides for a decrease in utility costs. Co-Curricular and Athletics Maintains current programs and activities at the same level as the 2010-11 school year. Food Service The Board outsourced the food service operations and shares a Manager with the sending Districts which has reduced the costly Board contribution.

Questions & Answers Why are my taxes increasing when state aid increased? State Aid accounts for 1.27% of Shore Regional’s total revenue. The revenue source that impacts your taxes, the “tax levy” is only increasing by the statutory 2%. Why does one town experience a decrease in taxes and others an increase? The State’s funding formula is based largely on equalized valuation and student enrollment. An increase in students at the elementary level and a decrease at the high school level results in a decrease in the percentage share of the high school budget for that town. The opposite changes in enrollment result in an increase in the percentage share of the high school budget for that town. Are there unnecessary expenditures in the budget? The administration strives to combine services with other districts whenever possible to heighten fiscal efficiencies. Utilization of joint insurance funds, procurement cooperatives, shared energy agreements and a regionalized transportation system all combine to increase the purchasing power of the District. 3

VOTER INFORMATION The following candidates seek election to the Board of Education: Town Vote for one (1): Oceanport Vote for two (2): West Long Branch




Mr. Tadeusz “Ted” Szczurek

3 yrs.


Mr. Ronald O’Neill Mr. Russell T. Olivadotti

3 yrs. 3 yrs.

Incumbent Incumbent

BALLOT QUESTION/POLLING LOCATIONS Budget - YES/NO: RESOLVED, that there should be raised for the General Fund $14,386,255 for the ensuing school year (2011-2012). Allocated among the constituent municipalities as follows: Monmouth Beach Borough Oceanport Borough Sea Bright Borough West Long Branch Borough Total

West Long Branch

Oceanport Sea Bright Monmouth Beach

District #1 Borough Chemical & Truck #1 Old Wharf House Borough Hall Borough Hall

3,705,933.92 4,008,925.58 1,561,497.02 5,109,898.48 14,386,255.00

District #2 Community Ctr. (downstairs)

District #3 Community Ctr. (upstairs)

District #4 Community Ctr. (upstairs)

District #5 Community Ctr. (downstairs)

Port-Au-Peck Fire House Borough Hall Borough Hall

Community Ctr.

Hook & Ladder Fire House

Port-Au-Peck Fire House

+ 1.5 cents + 2.5 cents - 5.6 cents + 1.0 cents

District #6 Old First United Methodist Church

NON-PROFIT US POSTAGE PAID Permit #10 W. Long Branch, NJ 07764

Shore Regional Board of Education: Mr. Frank J. Pingitore, President Mr. Russell T. Olivadotti, V.P. Mr. David Baker Mrs. Nancy DeScenza Mrs. Beth Garrigal Mrs. Diane Merla Dr. Anthony Moro Mr. Ronald O’Neill Mr. Paul Rolleri Mr. Tadeusz “Ted” Szczurek

Oceanport West Long Branch Monmouth Beach Sea Bright West Long Branch West Long Branch Monmouth Beach West Long Branch Oceanport Oceanport


Mr. Leonard G. Schnappauf, Superintendent Mr. Dennis W. Kotch, CPA, Business Administrator/Board Secretary Vote Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - Polls open from 4 pm – 9 pm 4

SRHS Budget 2011-2012  

SRHS Budget 2011-2012

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