Montclair schools get small increase in state aid
Montclair is heading into the 2020-2021 budget season with the prospect of a $7.5 million shortfall in its budget. The district presented several adjustments, but which would still leave a $2.28 million shortfall.
Montclair's schools will get a 3.79 percent increase in state aid for the 2020-2021 school year.
The district will receive $7,894,013, up from $7,605,632 for 2019-2020: an additional $288,381.
The aid numbers were made available Thursday, Feb. 27, two days after Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his budget address for FY 2021.
However, according to the state funding formula, Montclair is entitled to receive $9,038,249.
The schools are facing a heavy budget deficit. When the budget was first presented, the district said that a shortfall of $7.5 million was expected. The district presented several modifications that would reduce the shortfall, but would still leave a shortfall of $2.2 million.
Transportation Aid is expected to be $1,175,389, Special Education Aid $5,640,860, and Security Aid $755,225.