If you are already registered to vote in Hoboken, you do not need to register separately for Tuesday’s Board of Ed. election. Nor do you need to be a property owner or have a child in the school system. Nearly 30% of your tax bill goes to the Hoboken school system. The reputation of our schools and educational system affect your property value. This is critically important this year in light of our property tax increase.
There are 6 candidates for 3 open seats. You will also have the chance to vote up or down on the school budget, which represents 30% of our tax levy. If the school budget is defeated, the budget will go to the city council which, within certain constraints and subject to statutory minimum funding, has the authority to approve a reduced budget.
Please take the time to become informed and vote. Here are some of the issues:
- The cost per pupil for the current school year is approximately $25,000, nearly twice the state average. Based on the most recent comparative data, the spending per pupil in Hoboken for the 2007-08 school year for municipalities with a Kindergarten to 12th grade district was the second highest in the state.
- Our teachers made an average of$74,902 for 2007-08. The state average is $57,242.
- The district’s health insurance costs increased 23% from 2007-08 to 2008-09 and are projected to increase another 17%for 2009-10. Under the teacher contract recently approved by the board of education. School employees do not pay insurance premiums. It is paid for by the district. They do not have co-pays for medical care and are required to pay only a small co-pay for prescriptions, except for new hires.
- Hoboken’s administrator to student ratio far exceeds the State average based on the most recently available State School Report Card.
- Approximately 30 Hoboken school administrators had salaries over $100,000 year in 2007-08.
- All three grade schools serving K to 8th Grade failed to meet the 2007-08 Federal benchmark for making adequate yearly progress. State test results for 2007-08 for the middle school grades were extremely weak; the primary and high school grades performed better. For more information, see the New Jersey School Report Card .
In addition, voters should be aware of the voting record of the two incumbents, Theresa Minutillo (Kids First) and Frank Raia (United for Students), who have voted as follows on these key votes affecting taxpayers:
Teachers’ Contract with annual salary increases:
2009-10 School Budget with increase over last year:
Love your City. Vote April 21.