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Jackson will close Rosenauer school, eliminate courtesy busing

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A sign for the Jackson Township School District administration building on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

JACKSON – A beloved elementary school will be closed to help eliminate a $18 million funding gap in the Jackson School District, officials announced Thursday.

Sylvia Rosenauer Elementary on Citadel Drive will be immediately closed and readied to be sold, Superintendent Nicole Pormilli told parents in an email. The district will also eliminate 70 positions, which district officials say will significantly increase class sizes.

“As you know, budget work and advocacy with the NJ Department of Education, the county office, the Governor’s office, and legislators have consumed us for the past seven years as we have been forced to cut staff and opportunities for students in the wake of a $22.4 million state aid loss,” Pormilli wrote to parents in a letter this week. “Unfortunately, we have exhausted our most recent rounds of negotiations, pleas and advocacy and are being compelled to take some painful steps to be able to operate for the coming school year.”

By law, New Jersey’s public school districts must balance their budgets each year, though they are constrained by fluctuations in state aid and a 2% annual cap on local tax levy increases.

Jackson School District faced years of state aid declines at the same time its costs for private school student transportation soared and more students needed extra classroom supports. Earlier this year, the district faced a $30 million budget hole.

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