Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I know that Montclair residents are concerned about the looming budget deficit and leadership changes in our public schools.
First, I want to thank Dr. MacCormack for her service to our community and wish her success in a new career opportunity.
Second, I acknowledge that the prospect of property tax increases and program cuts is anxiety-worthy indeed.
That being said, I want you to know that the Board of School Estimate, in conjunction with the Board of Education, is committed to an open, exhaustive, and dispassionate budget process, as we work together toward a palatable course of action. I also want to affirm that staff, parents, and students are indispensable partners in this endeavor.
There is no panacea. Tough choices and sacrifice will be the order of the day.
Nonetheless, I am confident that if we summon our intellect, person-to-person respect, and fundamental love for our Township, we can see our way through.
I have an abiding faith in the people and the promise of Montclair.
Let’s get to work!