Senate Bill No. 1175

Senate Bill No. 1175 has been approved in the Senate and will be scheduled for a vote in the New Jersey Assembly soon (possibly as early as 3/5/09).

This bill requires the board of education of each district formerly referred to as an Abbott district, in conjunction with the local governing body of the municipality in which the district is located, to develop a plan for a comprehensive program of after school activities.

The plan would include, but need not be limited to, the following:
the goals and objectives of the program and the ways in which it will serve the needs and interests of the students in the district;
a detailed description of the activities that will be offered;
the background and qualifications of personnel who will direct and supervise the program;
a schedule of the days and hours during which the program will operate;
the criteria which will be utilized to determine eligibility for student participation;
an estimate of the number of students who will be served by the program;
an estimate of the overall cost of the program and the amount of general fund tax levy required to be raised by the district to support the program; and
any other information which the board determines to be necessary.

After the plan has been developed, the board of education, in conjunction with the local governing body, must conduct two public hearings to receive community input on the plan.

After the plan for the comprehensive program of after school activities has been adopted by resolution of the board of education, the amount of any additional general fund tax levy required to be raised by the district to implement the program, which may not exceed $2,000,000, will be submitted to the voters of the district or the board of school estimate, as appropriate, for approval. The amount raised for this purpose will be considered a cap adjustment for the district.

The additional general fund tax levy will not be permitted to supplant any State or local funds allocated to support after school programs currently existing in the district. In addition, amounts raised to implement the comprehensive program of after school activities will be accounted for in a special revenue fund and used solely for the purposes of the program.

NJSACC supports this bill and encourages you to contact your local Assemblyman or Assemblywoman to ask for their vote on this bill. For those who operate in an Abbott district, be sure the local board of education knows you are there and how you can help them deliver these programs.
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