Collingswood July 31, 2017 Board of Ed Meeting Recap

Though the Collingswood Board of Ed does not usually convene in July, the Board held a Special Meeting on July 31, 2017 to address reductions to the previously approved school budget.

Why Was This Emergency Meeting Held?

The State of New Jersey recently passed legislation reformulating the way school funding is distributed. While the deal reached by state Democratic and Republican lawmakers does increase educational funding overall and allocates extra money for pre-K education through the state, some districts will be losing money and Collingswood is among them. The state aid reduction to the Collingswood school district for 2017-2018 is $123,376.  

Current Financial Status Of Collingswood School District

According to Dr. Oswald, in the eyes of the Department of Education, the district is about $600,000 overfunded so in following years, this reduced amount of aid may continue and its impact will continue to be felt.  The Superintendent noted that this cut in aid was anticipated and plans were made to lessen the blow for this upcoming year.  A math program that costs about $75,000 was purchased in anticipation of this cut.  The district will also not be hiring a budgeted nursing position that they had advertised and had begun interviewing for.

CLICK HERE: Budget Cut Narrative 

CLICK HERE: Budget Details

Other Issues Discussed At This Meeting

Some personnel items were also addressed at this meeting. Contracts were issued to Claire Engelman, Newbie special education teacher, Julia Pugliese, Sharp first grade teacher, and Frank Bilodeau, Sharp fifth grade teacher. Resignations were accepted from Crisin Joy, Sharp first grade teacher,  Jillian Junod, Newbie special education teacher and John McPark, Garfield part time physical education teacher.

The full agenda can be found here:


Watch The Video Stream From This Meeting Here


Kate D

President Kate Delany is the author of two books of poetry—Reading Darwin (Poets Corner Press) and Ditching (Aldrich Press). Her prose and poetry have appeared in many magazines and journals, such as Art Times, Barrelhouse, Jabberwock Review, Room and Poetry Quarterly. She holds a MA in English from Rutgers-Camden and a BA in English, as well as BA in Art History, from Chestnut Hill College. Kate has over a decade’s worth of experience teaching college English, both literature and writing to diverse student populations. A resident of Collingswood since 2007 and the parent of two Collingswood public school students, Kate is a member of Sustainable Collingswood and leads the Collingswood Chicken Uprising. She is the school liaison for the Collingswood Community Habitat Project, the parent coordinator of the Garfield Green Team and the Membership Chair of the Garfield Elementary PTA. In writing, in the classroom and via community organizing, Kate is passionate about facilitating conversations that matter and advocating for sustainability and social justice.