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Delsea Regional High School District. Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget 2007-2008. Budget Goals. Minimize tax impact Comply with State mandated Core Content Standards Ensure adequate staffing to maintain apportioned class size

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delsea regional high school district

Delsea Regional HighSchool District

Public Hearing on the

Proposed Budget


budget goals
Budget Goals
  • Minimize tax impact
  • Comply with State mandated Core Content Standards
  • Ensure adequate staffing to maintain apportioned class size
  • Keep the District current in the area of technology
  • Maintain a strong program of professional development
  • Comply with Federal and State regulations impacting Special Education programs
community programs
Community Programs

Delsea School District supports the following community activities:

  • All weather track available for community jogging/walking
  • School gymnasiums and athletic fields used by Franklin and Elk recreation sponsored youth and adult programs
  • School facilities used by community theater groups for productions
  • Weight training room used by Franklin and Elk police departments and community programing with the Recreation Commission
  • District sponsored Adult Community School
  • Numerous JROTC community outreach activities
  • Learn and Serve America activities including the Senior Citizen Prom and nursing home visitation program
budget terms
Budget Terms

The budget is composed of three funds:

General Fund - Fund used to record the daily operations of the district.

Debt Service Fund - Fund used to record principal and interest payments on outstanding debt (bonds sold for various construction/renovation projects).

Special Revenue Fund - Fund used to record programs which are funded solely by state and federal grant monies.




competitive grant awards
Competitive Grant Awards

The District was awarded the following competitive grants:

Teaching American History $1,000,000 over 3 yrs

YODA (Youth Organized for Disaster Assistance) $30,000 over 3 yrs

NJ Systemic Initiative Standards Implementation $20,000

PACES (Character Through Service) $20,000over 2 yrs

expenditures general fund
Expenditures:General Fund

Total General Fund Expenditures $24,647,448

Increase from Prior Year 652,032

Percent Increase 2.7%

areas of significant increase
Areas of Significant Increase
  • Contracted salary increases $282,000
  • Additional tuition and other costs for

special education students 255,000

  • Increase in utility and fuel costs181,000
  • Increase in the cost of employee benefits 87,000
  • Increase in the payment to the state

pension fund 59,000

revenues general fund
Revenues:General Fund

Total General Fund Revenues $24,647,448

Increase in State Aid 3%

Increase in Tax Levy 3.8%

budget under cap
Budget Under Cap

The 2007-08 budget is $228,643 less than the maximum amount allowed by the State.

general fund free balance
General Fund Free Balance

Based on the requirements of S-1701, all Districts are to maintain a fund balance (surplus funds) at 2% of the prior year’s expenditures. For the 2007-08 budget this amount is:


This is less than the average bi-weekly pay – approx. $660,000

changes in personnel
Changes in Personnel


Hiring of part-time School Psychologist (employee retired last year and was not replaced)

Hiring of part-time LD to replace retiring full time employee


Special Ed Classroom Aide – One less needed

Teaching Staff - Employees retiring and not being replaced

cost saving initiatives
Cost Saving Initiatives
  • Joint purchasing of custodial supplies
  • State and County-wide purchasing of utilities
  • Sharing of equipment and manpower with municipal governments
  • More in-house maintenance projects and less contracted services
  • Provider of shared transportation coordinator and bus maintenance services with constituent district
  • Numerous transportation jointures to provide transportation services to other school districts
  • Provider of technology services to constituent district
  • Fuel agreement with constituent district and local fire companies
comparative spending
Comparative Spending
  • There are 47 Grade 7-12 Districts in NJ
  • 2005-06 average per pupil cost for the State $11,366
  • Delsea per pupil cost for 2005-06 $10,485
  • We are 7th lowest out of 47 districts
  • We have the 8th lowest total administrative cost
  • We have the 6th lowest median administrative salary
administrative cost limit
Administrative Cost Limit
  • S-1701 allows for administrative costs equal to the adjusted 07-08 budget amount. Districts also can not exceed the regional limit.
  • Regional limit for southern NJ = $1,611
  • Delsea administrative cost per pupil = $1,270
  • We are $341 per pupil below the regional limit
tax impact
Tax Impact

Taxes Per $100 of Assessed Value


Elk Township .988 .545 (44.3) ¢ *

Franklin Township 1.112 1.149 3.7¢

* Based on ratable increase, will be approx 3.6 ¢ increase for taxpayer assessed at average.

tax calculation
Tax Calculation

Elk Township

Average Ass. ValueTax RateTaxes

2006 $117,856 .988 $1,164.42

2007 $228,974 .545 1,247.91

Tax Increase $ 83.49

tax calculation17
Tax Calculation

Franklin Township

Home Tax AssessedAt: Increase

$ 96,977 $ 35.88

Twp Average$116,977 $ 43.28

$136,977 $ 50.68

Sample Calculation:

Assessed Value ($116,977)/100 = 1,169.77 units x Tax Increase (.037) = $43.28

what 1 cent equals
What 1 Cent Equals

In order to decrease the tax rate by 1 cent per

$100 of assessed value the District would need to cut from the Budget the following amounts for each township:

Elk Township $394,703

Franklin Township $187,357

senior citizen tax refund
Senior Citizen TaxRefund
  • Low and moderate income senior citizens are eligible for a refund of tax increases through a state reimbursement program.
  • The program freezes property taxes for senior citizen to the amount paid when they initially apply. All property tax increases from that date are refunded by the state.
  • Assistance in the completion of the forms is provided by the school districts and municipalities of Franklin & Elk Twps.