Tuckerton Elementary Passes Budget Within 2 Percent Cap

By PAT JOHNSON | May 08, 2019

Tuckerton — The Tuckerton Board of Education had good news to share at its Monday, May 6, meeting. The adopted budget of $5,640,999 was passed within the 2 percent cap, and no positions or programs were sacrificed despite state aid remaining flat for the second consecutive year.

The tax levy of $2,807,242 increased $55,049, which split would mean an extra $30 a year in elementary district school taxes on the average home. The school has 295 students, and Superintendent Janet Gangemi expects 300 for next year.

The board also ratified a three-year contract with the Tuckerton Teachers Association. Teachers will receive a 3.7 percent raise starting July 1, 3.5 percent the second year and 3.25 percent the third year. Gangemi said the starting salary at Tuckerton Elementary is $50,000, $10,000 less than in neighboring Little Egg Harbor Township schools. “We’re one of the lowest paid districts in the state; it’s hard to keep up with them,” she said.

The best news of the evening, said Board President Trisha Horner, was the results of the N.J. Quality Single Accountability Continuum, done every three years by the state board of education. “We’re now a ‘High Performing District,’” she said.

Gangemi explained the state rates schools in five areas, and the school received an 80 percent or higher in each. Three areas received a 100 percent, or perfect, score, one a 95 percent and the last 80 percent. The lowest was in testing, and Gangemi said the school is concentrating on bringing that score up.

In other news, over the spring break Principal Stephanie Wroniuk and custodians Mathis and Johnson built a series of raised bed gardens in the back of the playground as part of the Green/Wellness Team, and the students will be planting vegetables donated by local businesses and families. —P.J.

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