Verona, NJ: 40% of the budget is sped

April 30, 2018, My Verona NJ: What You Need To Know About The New School Budget At its April 24 meeting, the Verona Board of Education approved the budget for the 2018-2019 school year. It is one of the tightest–and most painful–school budgets in recent years, hamstrung by rising special education costs and, as always, the lack of funding reform from Trenton. … Despite the multiple strategies that the BOE has used to blunt benefits costs, they rose 4.39% in the new budget. Worse still, special education costs jumped more than 10% over the 2017-2018 budget. Special ed spending will be $9.1 million for salaries and services for an anticipated 298 full-time special ed students, compared with $22.2 million for the 1,933 general education students the district will have in the fall. [40 percent of the budget is sped]