Dr. William George III, Ed. D., the Middletown Township Superintendent of Schools, today thanked Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon for his successful efforts in getting all of the $1,179,200 in state funding to Middletown schools that had been cut from the budget proposed by the Democrat majority in the legislature last spring.
George sent O’Scanlon the following email earlier today:
From: William George
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 1:04 PM
To: O’Scanlon, Asm. D.O.
Cc: Danielle Walsh; Ernest Donnelly; James Cody; Joan Minnuies; John Little; Leonora Caminiti; Michael Donlon; Nicholes, Andy; Sue Griffin
Subject: Thank You
Dear Assemblyman O’Scanlon,
On behalf of the Board of Education and the Middletown school community, please accept our appreciation and respect for the work you have done to advocate on behalf of the district for equitable and fair school funding.
The reduction in state aid for the Middletown Township Public Schools was decreased from $1,179,200 to $356,772 for the 2017-2018 school year, due to your efforts and those of your colleagues. The district applied for additional state aid for the 2017-2018 budget year to try to reinstate the aid that was deducted in July from our 2017-2018 state aid allocation. We received notification in October that our application for $356,772 in additional state aid was approved.
The fair implementation of the state aid funding formula is an issue that needs to be addressed and reductions in state aid in a timeframe after school budgets are finalized and adopted are detrimental to districts. The Middletown Township Public School District is grateful to you for understanding the needs of our school community and advocating on our behalf. Your continued efforts to best represent your constituency are deeply valued and respected.
William O. George III, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Middletown Township Public Schools
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“We’ve been working hard to restore this funding since the Democrats’ budget was announced,” O’Scanlon said. “It is great news for the families of the Middletown School District that we were able to get all of the money that had been cut restored.”
In addition to the restored $356,772 for Middletown, the Marlboro school system received $233,031 and Keansburg received $517,808 in additional state aid from the Department of Education, making those school budgets whole for the 2017-2018 school year.