Monday, March 6, 2017


SOMSD 2017-2018 School Budget

How will your tax dollars be used to support our local public schools as they strive to
prepare each and every student for post-secondary educational success and to educate all
students to be responsible and productive members of the global society at large?

Whether you have children enrolled in SOMSD schools or not, the school budget affects every resident of South Orange and Maplewood.  Our property taxes fund our schools.  In addition, the quality of education and extracurricular activities offered by our schools has a tremendous impact on property values and desirability of our two towns.

The 2017-2018 Preliminary School Budget is being developed to support the district goals set by the Board of Education.  The district goals are set annually and are designed to help the district continue to build momentum in enhancing student learning, strengthening teaching, engaging parents as partners, operating more efficiently, and doing more with less.

The Board of Education invites community input throughout the budget process.

How Can You Learn More?
  • Watch the preliminary budget presentation from the February 27 Board of Education Meeting.
  • Read about the 2017-2018 School Budget on our website
  • Attend one of our upcoming public meetings (see schedule below)
  • Watch the video of one of the budget presentation on our on demand server (meeting videos are generally posted within 2 business days)

How Can You Provide Feedback or Ask Questions?
  • Speak at one of the upcoming public meetings (see schedule below)
  • Contact us through Let’s Talk!

2017-2018 Budget Calendar – Note Corrected Times!!

Tues. Mar 7
Board of Education Budget Workshop
Administration presents proposed budget including official state aid numbers.
Montrose Early Childhood Center
356 Clark Street, South Orange
Mon. Mar 13
Community Forum on the 2017-2018 Budget
Update to community on the proposed budget, and opportunity for community members to provide feedback.
Montrose Early Childhood Center
356 Clark Street, South Orange
Sat. Mar. 18
Board of Education Meeting
BOE considers/adopts preliminary budget to submit to Essex County Superintendent for approval to advertise.
Montrose Early Childhood Center
356 Clark Street, South Orange
Mon. Apr. 24
Board of Education Meeting
Public Hearing/Action to Levy 2017-2018 school tax.
Columbia High School Library
17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood

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