Camden school budget to be smaller

Posted: April 02, 2014

CAMDEN After warning of budget gaps and rising per-pupil costs, Camden school administrators this week will propose a budget $33.5 million smaller than this year's.

The proposed budget, released Saturday, will be the subject of a hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dudley Elementary School. Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard will provide more details on where the district will cut.

The $359 million budget, down from the current year's $392 million, calls for a $7 million tax levy.

The budget shows small cuts spread across budget categories, including $4 million in instruction and $2.3 million in administrative spending. Support services for administration will decrease from $6.4 million to an anticipated $4.7 million.

Funding increases include $2.7 million in staff training. Transfer funds to charter schools also spiked from $55 million in the 2013-14 school year to a projected $72 million next year, as several new charter and Renaissance schools, district-charter hybrids, plan to enter the district.

The state's first Renaissance school, the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, is scheduled to open in the fall. Two additional Renaissance applicants - Uncommon and Mastery Schools - are awaiting a decision from the state.

A list of capital projects includes plans for roof repairs at Met-East High School, the Camden Vocational Building and the Medical Arts Building, and replacement of all intercoms and locks districtwide.


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