West Long Branch: The Board of Education of the Shore Regional High School District recognized Mrs. Cecilia Ross as the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year at the Thursday board meeting.
Interim Superintendent / Principal Renae LaPrete read Ross' accomplishments and effectiveness as a teacher, “fostering excellence in education and her contributions to the continuing improvement of student learning and the school environment.” LaPrete acknowledged her caring for her students and the respect she received from them
Members of the board added their words of gratitude and appreciation as Board President Ron O’Neill presented her with an engraved plaque acknowledging her dedication and success.
SRHS Budget 2012-13 Public Hearing
West Long Branch: Shore Regional High School District’s 1012-2013 Budget was explained to a small gathering of officials and residents from the four towns in the district at the March 22 Board of Education Meeting at the school. School
Business Administrator / Board Secretary Dennis Kotch made the presentation that highlighted the areas of changes, mostly relatively small. The budget stayed within the state’s 2% budget cap allowed municipalities and school districts.
In Oceanport the average value per house is $450,000 and the school tax will go up $15.46 for the year. Valuation of property changes means Sea Bright will pay $322.92 more this year per average house value of $399,000.
In Monmouth Beach the average value is $607,574 and the tax impact is reduced by $79.68 per average house. For West Long Branch the numbers are $474,596 and the reduction $26.21 for the average house.
The percent share of total school taxes to be paid by the four municipalities in the district changed significantly. Sea Bright last year was 10.85 % of the total assessment base for Shore Regional. This year the assessments of property values shifted to where Sea Bright holds a 13.92 % of the tuition costs that flow from taxes. Its share of total valuation of district school towns was increased by 3%, or 13.92% this year compared to 10.85% last year. West Long Branch had an opposite direction shift from 35.52 to 31.74%. The other two towns were close to unchanged.
Oceanport Mayor Mike Mahon offered suggestions to go after the large amounts to be spent on capital improvements. He suggested spreading capital costs over time and sharing such large projects as paving costs in the towns with the capital projects of the school where “partnering” is possible with respect to needs and schedules.
He suggested to Kotch and the board a possibility of using a common contractor for multiple towns as an example, thus realizing significant savings. He suggested, and Kotch accepted arranging a meeting with representatives of the towns to see if mass buying and contractor savings could be garnered.
Board Financial member Paul Rollieri, Superintendent Renae LaPrete and others were pleased with the work Kotch had done to seek the many alternatives to building the budget. He will be looking into the suggestions to determine if more saving may be possible, and if capital projects schedules will permit such approaches.