The passed school budgets this year in Cape May County still bring grim news. Middle Township is cutting 52 positions, including 36 teachers, to try and keep the school tax from rising too high. Ocean City is removing 17 positions with their approved budget. In Lower Township, the Superintendent Joe Cirrinicione took a $115,000 pay cut to ensure more serious cuts would not be needed for the district. More importantly, the school’s additional surplus, past the two percent they are allowed to carry, has been held onto by Gov. Chris Christie. This means that this surplus money will not be made available to local taxpayers for property relief next year.