2012-2013 School Budget
HAZLET, NJ - The Hazlet Township Board of Education approved the 2012-2013 School District Operating Budget, with no tax increase, at their March 26, 2012 Board of Education Public Hearing. Dr. Bernard F. Bragen, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, stated that “Through our practice of conservative budgeting, proactive management of expenses, fiscal prudence, aggressive purchasing, cost avoidance and alternative revenue creation, the District was able to create a budget with no tax increase for the second consecutive year.” Without any increase in school taxes for the past two years, Hazlet’s real estate tax levy in this budget is $1.2 million less than permitted by State Regulations, which allows for a two percent annual increase.
Dr. Bragen and Mr. Christopher Mullins, School Business Administrator, began the budget presentation by reviewing the District’s Mission Statement and the main budgetary objectives. Dr. Bragen indicated that the District’s ultimate goal was for all students of the Hazlet Township school system to graduate with the college and career readiness skills they need to be successful in life.
Highlights of the budget include numerous technological enhancements, such as: expanded wireless capabilities in all schools buildings, expansion of SMARTBoards initiative, updated computer labs, and additional classroom iPads, laptops and netbooks. Facility improvements include renovations to the guidance suite and art room in Raritan High School, the Raritan Valley Elementary School media center and the Beers Street Elementary School cafeteria and art room. New hard copy and online textbooks are included in the budget, as well as an elementary counselor, a supervisor of educational technology, field trips and the continuation of Hazlet Township School District’s highly successful summer enrichment program. “As our budget presentation demonstrated, we are not just maintaining but improving the educational program for all of our students,” stated Mr. Stephen F. Willig, Board President.
The total general budget for the Hazlet Township School District is $48.2 million. This includes an increase of $1.2 million in State aid over the current budget with no increase in the general fund tax levy of $33,440,463. The tax rate will also remain constant at $1.41 per hundred dollars of assessed value. “This budget will help the District meet its mission of educating our students to meet their maximum potential,” stated Dr. Bragen.