SPECIAL APRIL 2012
Monroe Township Public Schools, Williamstown, New Jersey
MONROE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
INFORMATION ON THE BUDGET VOTE SLATED FOR APRIL 17, 2012
Dear Monroe Township Taxpayer:
On March 29, 2012, the Monroe Township Board of Education approved a budget of $90 million dollars that would minimally
increase taxes for homeowners. The proposed tax levy is projected to be a 1.78% (2.45 cents per $100 of assessment) increase
over last year’s levy. It would increase taxes for the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $223,676.00, $54.80
per year, $4.57 per month or 0.15 cents per day. The proposed budget includes a projected state aid increase from a year ago of
$2,358,133.00 and a decrease of $1,184,454.00 in federal funds, a net increase in aid of $1,173,679.00.
This budget, if approved by the voters on April 17, 2012, will enable our district to maintain all existing programs. It addresses
much needed staff, anticipated out of district placements as a result of changing enrollment and/or revised academic setting re-
quirements and withdrawal from Capital Reserve for needed facilities projects.
The proposed 2012-2013 budget also provides for the following:
The purchase of new Language Arts/Literacy textbooks for grades K-12 as needed for several years.
Needed facility repairs of the highest priority, i.e. replacing seriously corroded and failed domestic hot water generators,
resolving storm water piping issues at Williamstown High School, replacing a section of the roof at Williamstown Middle School
and other needed repairs throughout the district.
Maintaining Our School System-Despite major budget cuts over the past few years, Monroe Township Public Schools will strive to
maintain the high quality of education to all our children.
We have created a service rich learning environment in first and second grade classes in each of our four elementary schools.
These classes are instructed by a General Education, BSI, and Special Needs teacher for reading, writing, and math.
We are anticipating that the service rich environment will move to the third and fifth grades during the next school year.
We have also provided teacher training in Wilson Fundations, which is included in the kindergarten classes.
Next year we anticipate increasing the Wilson Fundations instruction in all kindergarten, first, and Elementary service rich
Raising Standards and Expanding Opportunities-We believe all children can learn. Our expectations for all students are high. By
providing differentiated strategies to our students, we expect all children to succeed.
The district has brought onboard a Wilson consultant to support teachers in the Wilson Instructional Model.
Also, in BSI and Special Needs we have instituted an IPAD initiative to facilitate instruction for our most needy students.
Teachers have selected apps to use during the next school year to facilitate education. A complete Language Arts Literacy
K12 text series is being investigated for purchase next year.
Our budget complies with the statutory requirement that all employees receiving health benefits contribute 1.5% of their base salary
toward their insurance premium. It also complies with the mandatory 2% tax levy increase cap.
As Superintendent of Schools, I am proud of the outstanding job our Board, administrative team, faculty, and all staff did in
preparing the district’s budget for the 2012-2013 school year.
Also as Superintendent, I would like to credit Interim Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Earl J. Vassallo for providing
outstanding fiscal leadership into the development of this frugal budget in today’s difficult economic climate. Monroe Township is
blessed with Earl’s knowledge and skills in providing our taxpayers and students with a budget that keeps our programs and
services intact. I would also like to commend the Board of Education for their many hours of service and dedication in maintaining
the quality of instruction and services to the students at Monroe Township. We are most fortunate that this budget enables us to
avoid any staff lay-offs for the 2012-2013 school year.
Please remember to vote on Tuesday, April 17! Election polling locations are open from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM.
Charles M. Earling, Superintendent of Schools
856-629-6400, Ext 1005
General Fund Budget 2012-2013
Where It Comes From
$500,000 Fund Balance
Withdrawl for Capital
Other Local Revenue
General Fund Budget 2012-2013
Where It Goes
$1,029,283 $28,268 $33,386,651
$4,306,715 Charter Schools
TO BE VOTED UPON
What Does This Mean to the Taxpayer?
RESOLVED, that there General Fund
should be raised for the
General Fund $42,914,688 Tax 2011-2012 $42,163,598
for the ensuing school year, Tax 2012-2013 $42,914,688
___________________________ Increase $ 751,090
YES ►( ) ÷ Rateables $ 286,090
NO ►( )
Tax 2011-2012 $ 4,003,492
Did You Tax 2012-2013 $ 3,959,314
Know? Decrease $ - 44,178
÷ Rateables $ 286,090
According to the New Jersey
School Report Card published Cents/$100 - 0.15¢
by the State Department of
Education, our District’s total General Fund 2.6¢/$100
cost per pupil has been below Total Proposed Increase
the State average in each of the Debt -0.15¢/100
last eleven years.
General Fund $26.00
Although the current school year
Tax Increase per $100,000 Debt $ -1.50
is still underway, it is estimated
that Monroe Township once Total $24.50
again will be below the State
average in administrative costs Average Tax Increase (based on average
in the 2012/2013 school year assessed home value of $223,676)
Charles M. Earling,
Superintendent of Schools
856-629-6400, Ext. 1005
James M. Henderson,
Interim Director of Secondary
856-629-6400, Ext. 1007
email@example.com FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE
Earl J. Vassallo,
MONROE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS,
Interim Business Administrator/Board Visit our web site: www.monroetwp.k12.nj.us
856-629-6400, Ext. 1004
MTPS – SHARED SERVICES Share in our Pride
Using WSCA & GSA contracts for technology The Monroe Township Public
Using Pittsgrove Consortium for Xerox paper schools are recognized locally,
regionally and nationally as outstanding. In
Purchasing bulk salt through Township of Monroe
fact, in recent years our district has received:
Township of Monroe purchasing paper through us
Purchasing gas through UGI Holly Glen Elementary
Purchasing electric through ACES 2005—2006 NJ Governor’s School of Excellence Award
Using Ed Data Consortium for technology and 2007 Honorable Mention, NJ School of Character
maintenance Radix Elementary
Joint Purchasing through Middlesex County 2006 and 2007 NJ State School of Character
2006 National School of Character Finalist
Regional Consortium for athletic reconditioning
2007 National School of Character
Transportation Jointures 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Character Education Partnership
Promising Practice Awards
2000—2001 National Blue Ribbon Award
(First School in Gloucester County)
VOTE! Williamstown High School
2005 Language Arts Literacy Ranked #1 - NJHSPA
April 17, 2012 2006 Mathematics - Ranked #2 - NJHSPA
2008 Engineering - Robotics - 1st Place State Champs
2:00 PM—9:00 PM (Static Radio Control Transportation)
2009 Engineering Design - 1st Place National Champs
(Technology Student Association)
Monroe Township Polling Locations Conference Champs in Football, Boys Basketball,
Girls Basketballs, Cross Country, District Wrestling,
Holly Glen School (Polling Location #1) Girls Softball. .
All Purpose Room State Champs in Girls Volleyball and Girls Softball
State Champs in Marching Band
Radix Elementary (Polling Location #2) 2010 State & National Champion Marching Band
All Purpose Room
Williamstown Middle School
Whitehall School (Polling Location #3) State Mock Trial Champs
All Purpose Room Participants in NASA MARS Exploration
Williamstown Middle School (Polling Location #4)
Oak Knoll School (Polling Location #5)
Share Our Success
This budget vote will guarantee the continuation of a
number of successful existing programs including:
13 Advanced Placement Offerings
YOUR VOTE COUNTS! SAT Preparation Courses
Pre-AP Related Level Program
For Our Children Middle Level Arts Program
For Our Schools Art Programs
For Our Community Special Education Services
Numerous Athletic and Extracurricular Activities