East Ramapo Comes Up With Plan B If Lottery Funding Fails

East Ramapo school officials have come up with a plan B if state lottery funding fails.

East Ramapo School District

East Ramapo School District

Board members released a list of planned cuts totaling $3.5-million at a Tuesday hearing, with $700-thousand in teacher retirements, $225-thousand in the additional layoffs of two nurses and a bus mechanic.  $564-thousand from reducing the district’s contribution to employee retirement accounts and an additional $275-thousand cut for sports and student clubs.

District officials hope to use state lottery funding to balance next year’s budget.  The proposal requires special legislation to be passed to let the district get part of its annual award early.

State senator David Carlucci has drafted the bill to introduce to the Senate.  It has not been introduced in the Assembly yet.

Sen. Carlucci Calls East Ramapo School Board’s Bet on Lottery Aid “Fiscally Irresponsible”

State lawmakers are not happy with East Ramapo’s plan to balance next year’s budget.

David Carlucci Facebook

David Carlucci Facebook

The plan is to take a gamble with “speculative” revenue by factoring in a future $3.5-million in state lottery aid.  In order for this to materialize state lawmakers must draft a bill supporting the premature revenue, which could dramatically affect future budgets in the district.

On Wednesday, state Senator David Carlucci called the plan “fiscally irresponsible” saying he is, “greatly disappointed in the school board in the way that they adopted their budget because they included revenue that doesn’t exist.”

Last week, Carlucci met with East Ramapo Superintendent of Schools Joel Klein to create a “lottery spin-up” bill that his office is currently drafting.

Other state officials including Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee had no details on the proposal and said they will discuss it with state education officials.

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