Garwood Receives Additional School Aid from Trenton
Trenton has increased it's total school aid package for the borough and districts across the state. Garwood will receive an additional $82,193, according to the 2011-2012 revised budget. That brings the total amount of aid from the state to $394,097. Garwood education officials were only counting on getting $311,904 from Trenton. The additional money is to be spent on current school programs, officials say.
Only twenty out of 580 public school districts in New Jersey will use the additional cash to lower property taxes this year, according to a Associated Press report.
The increase comes a year after Garwood lost 64% of its aid from the state. The borough received $229,710 for its 2010-2011 aid package, stats show.
Even with the additional funding Garwood still is far from the $640,186 it was allocated in 2009-2010, former Gov. Jon Corzine's last school budget. Gov. Christie's budget ax prompted Garwood to shutter its Washington School and end its free pre-kindergarten program.
MONEY BUMP FOR SCHOOLS