We are pleased to provide the community with an overview of the 2017-2018 school district budget. Like many school districts in New Jersey, the Wayne Township Public Schools are budgeting at a time of declining state and federal support for public education, combined with other reductions in revenue. At the same time, expectations for school performance have never been higher due to a number of new mandated learning standards. Our challenge is to develop a budget that keeps the Wayne Township Public Schools "ahead of the curve" by not just meeting, but exceeding the requirements established with these new standards while recognizing the plight of taxpayers in a state with some of the highest property taxes in the nation.
Next Generation Science Standards
One major area of investment in the proposed budget includes a host of academic, facility, and technology improvements that will support learning under the mandated Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The proposed budget includes $500,000 in funding to support major improvements in our high school science labs, as well as $450,000 worth of instructional materials for elementary teachers and students.
The district has a strong foundation to move forward with technology.
- Approximately 50 teachers have become Google Certified Educators with more becoming certified each month.
- Chromebooks are already heavily used throughout the district.
- Connectivity and the expansion of Wi-Fi has been a major component of technology budgets for a number of years.