Leonia to cut janitor staff

Leonia to cut janitor staff, secretaries to close budget gap

Saturday, April 3, 2010

BY GIOVANNA FABIANO

The Record
STAFF WRITER

 Summary LEONIA – More than two thirds of the school maintenance staff along with two secretaries and two teacher’s aides will be laid off under a $25.6 million school budget approved Wednesday by the Board of Education.

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LEONIA — More than two-thirds of the school maintenance staff, along with two secretaries and two teacher’s aides, will be laid off under a $25.6 million school budget approved Wednesday by the Board of Education.

The layoffs, which Superintendent Bernard Josefsberg described as “painful cuts,” would reduce payroll by $1.05 million, helping to offset the loss of $1.3 million in state aid.

The amount to be raised in school taxes is $16.5 million, a 4 percent increase for homeowners over the current spending plan.

The owner of a home assessed at $478,419, the borough average, would pay $5,803 in school taxes, an increase of $223 from last year.

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