Prieto, Chiaravalloti call for probe into Bayonne BOE after $2.2M budget shortfall

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Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) are calling for a state probe into the Bayonne Board of Education after discovering the district has a $2.2 million budget shortfall.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32, far left) and Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31, far right).
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32, far left) and Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31, far right).

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“An annual internal audit of the Bayonne School District revealed a $2.2 million deficit within the Bayonne School District’s 2015- 2016 operating budget,” Chiaravalloti began in a statement yesterday.

“In learning this news and with a goal to better understanding the current situation, I have joined with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto in requesting the Office of the State Auditor to conduct a performance audit.”

Chiaravalloti added that he looks forward to working with the school administration and the board of education in resolving this matter, stressing that he does not want the budget woes to negatively impact the Bayonne students.

At the end of last month, Mayor Jimmy Davis warned that preliminary figures showed that the BOE budget indicated a $2.2 million deficit, slamming the district for such a careless error.

“Mismanagement of funds at this level has wide ranging and far reaching implications for the District and community as a whole,” Davis said at the time.

“This unquestionably effects the academic careers of our children, and professional careers of our teachers, administration, and dedicated support staff.”

The Bayonne BOE has called a special meeting for Wednesday at 6 p.m., which will be in conflict with the council meeting – which starts at 7 p.m. on the same day, in order to help resolve this matter.

Bayonne BOE President Joe Broderick did not immediately return a call seeking comment.