Well, we finally know the status of New Jersey's share of the Federal education jobs bill that was passed last month. Ridgewood is (of course) receiving one of the smaller allocations: $98,941 which can be spent on education jobs and related services. Trenton has not released any more detailed rules on how the funds can be spent, so the Ed Center hasn't made any decisions regarding how we'll use the funds. One thing to be mindful of -- since this is a one-time infusion of money, any position funded this year would not be funded next year -- without funds coming from elsewhere in the budget. Normally, when a district receives a one-time allocation of cash, it is wise to not use it for salaries or any expense that will be recurring. For example, supplies or repairs or something like that are usually safe. But in this case, the money is designed for jobs...which we will then be required to either fund again in subsequent years, or cut.
More details to come on where this money will be spent.
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