Absecon Superintendent Dan Dooley said that for many years, the burden of being underfunded by the state has been pushed onto the taxpayers. He said the school board and the district wanted to relieve some of that burden now that it had the funding to do so.
“We’re able to get the resources we need without raising taxes. It’s a dream scenario,” Dooley said.
Dooley said it wasn’t just the nearly $1 million state aid increase that helped his district. They also have made internal changes to save funds, like creating their own transportation department and reducing out-of-district placements, saving over $200,000.
The district’s increased federal COVID-relief funds will be used for personal protective equipment and to address learning gaps and social and emotional needs.