Lawrence Township public school officials will meet with members of Lawrence Township Council on Monday (April 30) to discuss the school district’s 2012-2013 budget that was rejected by township voters earlier this month. The public meeting will take place at the township municipal building, 2207 Lawrence Rd. (Route 206), beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level conference room.
Under state law, when a school budget is rejected by voters, it is sent to the governing body of the municipality for review. While it can recommend specific cuts, the governing body ultimately directs the school district to reduce the overall budget by a specific dollar amount. The district, in turn, than can make whatever cuts it deems appropriate provided that those cuts add up to the ordered amount, or the district can file an appeal with the state’s education commissioner.
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