SCHOOL BUDGET AND BOARD VOTES TODAY

Voters are going to the polls today for school budget and Board of Education votes. School budgets have gotten the most notice this year as Gov. Chris Christie has battled with the New Jersey Education Association on the necessity of taking a wage freeze. Districts must keep the polls open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., but some districts may be open earlier. Middle Township is one of the school districts who took a big hit. The district saw a $2 million reduction in state aid. On top of asking for a nearly 2.5 cent increase to the local tax rate, 52 positions are being eliminated, 36 of those being teachers. While many districts have asked the local teachers union to take a pay freeze, many are unwilling and many job cuts are proposed as a result throughout Cape May County.

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