N.J. District Sees Dip in State Aid

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Long Branch School District will see a decrease in state aid for the next school year.

The district, which is classified as an Abbott District, will receive $41,795,235 for the 2012-13 season, a $100,229 decrease from the current school year's state aid allocation.

Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said he was "surprised" to see the decrease.

"(Governor Chris Christie) was so encouraging about the increase in state aid and the investment in children to secure a brighter future," Salvatore said in a statement. "Nonetheless, I was a bit surprised to see the dip in state aid to Long Branch as our enrollment increased along with our free and reduced lunch population."

The district has 5,445 registered students as of Jan. 31.

Salvatore said in the past, state aid was calculated by enrollment, not attendance. He said the dip was due to a chance in the funding formula.

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