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Budget Brings Technology Upgrades, Full Day Kindergarten

The $10.4 million budget calls for a $62 increase for residents

With an  to , the district approved $10,475,410 budget allows for to be installed and the implementation of a full-day kindergarten program.

The tax levy of $9,846,269, a 2% increase over the prior year, calls for a $62.19 increase on the average household of $531,810. The proposed technology plan calls for a potential WiFi pilot initiative, installation of Easi-Teach Technology throughout the building and the replacement of computers.

"This budget maintains all current staff levels," former interim superintendent Dr. Maria Nuccetelli said prior to leaving the district. "We will have a continued support of Language Art series, the new Mathematics and Science standards, social studies, health, physical education, technology enhancements and both visual and performing arts."

The proposed WiFi pilot program would be used in conjuction with the school librarian so that all students would have access in the library either through the use of an Ipad or a tablet, but final details have yet to be determined. The district is also planning on setting aside $100,000 in capital outlay towards the replacement of the rear courtyard wall. 

Incoming kindergarten students in September will be the first class to ever attend a full-day program as Oradell expands its current "modified" system. Under the "modified" schedule, students attend school for three full days and attend two half-day sessions the remainder of the week.

Faculty positions are already in place for the full-day program although additional aides would be brought per a state code that requires an aide when class size reaches 25.

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