Financial Action at Hoboken Board of Ed

5/11/2010:

Massive agenda at Hoboken BoE meeting!

The Hoboken Board of Education (1115 Clinton Street) meets tonight at 7pm.

A robust 25-page agenda is chock full of items, including dozens of staffing changes (16 employees retiring – many B&R) plus new hires and various contracts exceeding $1 Million Dollars. Feel free to browse through it to see what they’re up to with your tax dollars!

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9 Comments on "Financial Action at Hoboken Board of Ed"

Hawk3y3
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Hawk3y3

At an education cost of appx $20,000 per student shouldn’t the BOE be taking this more seriously? Many of these ‘out of towners’ are most likely taking the light rail into Hoboken or being dropped off by cars without Hoboken parking permits. These are relatively easy things to look for and a good way start eliminating the $3-4M we are spending on educating out of town students!

tburns
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Hoboken became a School Choice District when I was on the BOE (and Whitman was governor, Yikes!). I was a strong proponent of the program. The idea was to collect tuition (then $8,500 per student) for filling what otherwise would have been empty seats in our middle and high schools. Admittedly, there were a number of problems with the management of the program. At one point the Board almost voted to Not be a School Choice District (there is only one allowed per county), but wisely only scaled back on the grades that admitted students. This years budget reflects (if I remember correctly) 250k in funds from the Interdistrict School Choice Program. IF PROPERLY MANAGED, this program can be a wonderful opportunity for Hoboken – not only financially by educationally.

xj517
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xj517

Can someone please tell me what it will take for the Hoboken Board of Education to wake up to the fact that there are so many kids attending our schools that do not live in Hoboken!!!!!

matt_72
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How about if you know of some specific kids that are here illegally, you report them.[quote comment=”193242″]Can someone please tell me what it will take for the Hoboken Board of Education to wake up to the fact that there are so many kids attending our schools that do not live in Hoboken!!!!![/quote]

interested
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interested

Once upon a time (within the last 15 years), Hoboken BOE voted to allow students from neighboring municipalities to attend our schools if a) our schools were not full, and b) the other school district reimbursed Hoboken. This was how we filled the Charter schools initially! Has that vote been rescinded? If not, is the BOE collecting fees appropriately? I think it makes sense to fill the classrooms as a teacher costs a certain amount of money whether one student or 30 sit in the classroom. Let’s spread the cost around.

However, it should go without saying that if we are not collecting fees from JC, etc., or if those students from other districts are disruptive, they should not be in our schools. [quote comment=”193267″]How about if you know of some specific kids that are here illegally, you report them.

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Liz Markevitch
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Liz Markevitch

Last year the BOE voted to make Hoboken a School of choice. We receive $ from their school districts . However we still have illegal students(students not living in town but attending school & their districts do not pay us money) Estimates have been between 150-200.
Last year they identified 15 students.

There is a waiting list for some schools. It is wrong that Hoboken children can not get into a certain schools because of illegal students[quote comment=”193278″]Once upon a time (within the last 15 years), Hoboken BOE voted to allow students from neighboring municipalities to attend our schools if a) our schools were not full, and b) the other school district reimbursed Hoboken. This was how we filled the Charter schools initially! Has that vote been rescinded? If not, is the BOE collecting fees appropriately? I think it makes sense to fill the classrooms as a teacher costs a certain amount of money whether one student or 30 sit in the classroom. Let’s spread the cost around. However, it should go without saying that if we are not collecting fees from JC, etc., or if those students from other districts are disruptive, they should not be in our schools.

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HOB424
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HOB424
You can’t really say there are 150-200 illegal students. That figure was created for politicial reasons only. If that estimate were to be correct, where is the data to back it up. That’s a very big estimate and is a headline that will get attention. If you can estimate that high, then those making the allegations must know who these students are. If it’s so important, then speak up and share the information. Anyone making these allegations, should back it up with data. Where are these estimated 150-200 students?? Are they at the high school, one of the grade schools, abbott classes. How did they research this? Did they follow 150-200 kids home to other towns? Did they do background checks? I’ll agree that yes, the schools are for residents. However, I think the same rules should apply to charter schools (since they receive taxpayer funds from the Hoboken BOE) without compensation from those student’s hometown. There are 3 K-8 schools, and one for K. Yes, obviously some parents prefer certain schools over others. However, public school must take all who are residents and want to attend. so, if you live here and register your child, they have to make room. Noone can be turned away. Yes, you may not get your “first choice” of the locations but your child will get a spot. This is a very transient town. Kids move out, transfer to other schools, get into charter schools, so there are always openings.[quote comment=”193297″]Last year the BOE… Read more »
truth1
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truth1

No press at the Hob. Bd. of Ed meeting last night. I believe that there was a POG meeting and they were probably at the POG meeting which was also held last nite. ??? No published news as of this time………….. πŸ˜›

HOB424
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HOB424

Wish there was live video of this. Does anyone out there, know what a “structural learning experience coordinator” does? Never hear of this title before, is it just another name for teacher? just wondering. πŸ˜•

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