Dear Mendham Township School Community Members,
On behalf of the Board of Education, I am pleased to present the proposed 2015-2016 Mendham Township School District Budget. Beginning in early November, the budget development process encompasses identifying educational priorities, projecting financial resources, evaluating faculty and staffing needs, and determining the needs of our current and planned programs and services. Through focused financial strategies such as zero-based budgeting, spending reductions, energy conservation efforts, shared services with Mendham Township and other surrounding school districts, we are able to maintain our commitment to a fiscally responsible approach in managing the school district.
Once again, because of the hard work and dedication of our Staff, Administration, and School Board we are able to deliver a budget that has no reductions to any of our programs. Just six years ago in 2009-2010, State Aid for Mendham Township was $768,000. State Aid to Mendham Township for 2015-2016 is the same as it was in 2014-2015, $430,042. That represents a difference of over $330,000 from six years ago. This year’s budget will require a 1.77% increase to the local tax levy. This increase in the tax levy is amongst the lowest in the last 10 years. The proposed tax rate can be computed at about $14.00 for every $100,000 of assessed home value – for the year. Despite increasing expenses in fixed costs such as insurance, utilities, salaries, and transportation that came to well over $380,000, we are pleased to present a budget that has a minimal impact on the tax levy ($249,689) for the citizens of Mendham Township. While keeping our focus on high quality instruction and a well-rounded school experience, our effort throughout the process was always to maintain a fiscally sound approach, in order to be responsible to the taxpayers.
Some of our accomplishments from 2014-2015 and components of our 2015-2016 budgets include:
- Mendham Township Middle School was honored as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. It is the highest award given to a public school.
- Academic programming of the highest quality has lead to both schools being rated as Reward Schools by the NJ Department of Education. Mendham Township Middle School has been rated a Reward School for all four years the program has been in existence. We are the only school in NJ to have that distinction.
- Offering a wide array of co-curricular, extra-curricular, enrichment, and gifted and talented programs.
- Award winning Music, Art, and World Language programming at both the Elementary School and the Middle School.
- Continued support and growth of our technology programming and commitment to infusing 21st Century Skills across the curriculum.
- Following through on our commitments to maintaining safe, state of the art school facilities, equipped with the best technology and resources we can provide.
Throughout this budget approval process, I will utilize the District’s website, newsletter, our new Mendham Mail system, MTSD radio programs, Eye on MTSD video, and face-to-face meetings to communicate the budget information to the community. A list of Board of Education meeting dates, additional budget information meetings, and contact information will be available on the “School Budget Info” page on our website, www.mendhamtwp.org. You may also request information from our Business Office by calling (973) 543-7107 x240.
With incredible professionalism and hard work, the staff of MTSD has weathered the storm of mandates we have experienced over the last two years. The list is quite impressive: AchieveNJ, HIB, Common Core, PARCC, and at least seven new mandatory training requirements that come with no additional funding to support the programs. As we have worked to meet these requirements, our focus has remained on the students and how these programs can be leveraged to help us achieve our goals. I strongly believe that this budget represents sound fiscal management while maintaining the best K-8 educational programming in the State of NJ. Be assured that despite difficult financial times, our schools continue to thrive and our students continue to achieve. Thank you in advance for your support and feel free to contact me at any time.
Salvatore M. Constantino, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools