September 26th, 2012

Tight school budget: Verona superintendent considers advertising to bring in cash


Should the Verona school board get into the advertising business?

Such was the question at the group’s meeting Tuesday, during which Superintendent of Schools Steven Forte supported the idea of accepting money to place advertisements on school ball fields and the district’s website.

Thanks to several unforeseen costs less than a few weeks into this academic year, the school budget is on shaky ground, Board Vice President Joseph Bellino said.

Over $25,000 is being spent to equip the high school’s lower field for football and marching band while safety concerns on Thomas J. Sellitto Field are addressed, for one. Engineering studies to evaluate those concerns are slotted to run about $10,000, and the cost for field repairs, should they be warranted, remains unknown. And, Bellino said, more special education students with extraordinary needs entered Verona schools this year than planned, leading to more unexpected bills.

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