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Bellmawr School Board Approves Tentative 2017-18 Budget

The Bellmawr School Board has approved the tentative 2017-18 budget. The average home assessed at $168,832 will see an increase of approximately $30.

The Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve the district’s tentative budget for the 2017-18 school year. The $17,161,235 budget will be submitted to the Executive County Superintendent for approval.

Interim business administrator, Mark Ritter, gave a general overview of the budget during the BOE’s March 15 meeting by saying: “It’s a maintenance budget that is pretty much the same budget as last year. There are minimal changes and a 2% tax increase.”

Ritter estimated that the average home assessed at $168,832 will see an increase of about $30.

The advertised budget also includes estimated enrollment figures projected as of October 15, 2017.

Those figures project an estimated 1,228 pupils on roll with 1,121 regular full-time pupils and 107 special full-time pupils. There are nine private school placements and seven special education program students sent to other districts.

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In other matters, Councilman Jamie Casey, addressed the BOE and said that he has been appointed as Bellmawr Council’s liaison to the schools.

During the public portion, school superintendent Annette Castiglione was asked about snow days and how the missed time will be made up. The superintendent responded that snow days will be made up at the end of the year.

The calendar hasn’t been changed yet because of the uncertainty of the weather. “I think we should wait,” she said.

Subsequent to the meeting, the Bellmawr School District posted the following announcement on its Facebook page:

The superintendent was also asked if a final decision had been made about changing the venue for eighth grade gradation.

Castiglione stated that surveys have been sent out to students, parents, and teachers. She hopes that all of the information will be received back in time for next month’s Board meeting. “No final decision has been made. Ultimately, it’s the Board’s decision,” Castiglione said.

Board member, Danielle Tomeo, spoke of taking the students’ concerns into consideration: “It is their graduation. It’s their day. We put this out there to see what the kids and the parents want.”

On the business side, all items on the meeting agenda were approved.

Approvals included:

•The bill list in the amount of $991,102.11

•Summer camp staff (two lead teachers at a rate of a $750 a week. Additional teaching staff was approved at the rate of $18.00 an hour.)

Finally, during February’s BOE meeting, students, Allison Passalacqua, Eric Pagan, and Emily Perez gave a Robotics Club demonstration. (All Photos by SJO)

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Under the direction of teacher, Ms. Katrina Krapf, Bell Oaks Students, Allison Passalacqua, Eric Pagan and Emily Perez work together to perform a Robotics Club demonstration.

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Also at last month’s meeting  Board President, Jody Mangus, acknowledged fellow Board member, Mike “Juice” Williams for being part of Triton’s 1974 football team that was recently inducted into the high school’s Hall of Fame.

Mike “Juice” Williams was the student manager for Triton’s 1974 football team that was recently inducted into the high school’s Hall of Fame.

Williams was the student manager and the team had a record of 8-1 that year. “Those coaches made a major impact on my life,” he said.

The BOE will meet again on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 for the public hearing on the 2017-18 budget. The workshop begins at 5:00 p.m. and the regular meeting follows at 6:00 p.m. The meetings take place in the Bell Oaks Media Center.