State Senator Sandra Cunningham and Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) say that financial monitors from the New Jersey Department of Education are coming to the Bayonne Board of Education following their request late last month.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œI am pleased that the Department of Education heeded our call for added scrutiny of Bayonneâ€™s finances following the school districtâ€™s recent decision to eliminate nearly 300 jobs, mostly teachers,â€ Cunningham said in a statement.
â€œA monitor will provide direct oversight of the boardâ€™s operations to ensure that the education of our students is not in jeopardy due to any budgetary shortfalls.â€
Along with Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Cunningham and Chiaravalloti called for such an action from the state last month after the BOE approved 261 layoffs to combat a budget deficit of at least $6 million.
Expectedly, Chiaravalloti was also pleased with the latest development.
â€œThe Commissionerâ€™s decision to send a monitor to the district is good news for the students in Bayonneâ€™s schools and the cityâ€™s taxpayers,” he said in the same statement.
“It will help us get to the bottom of the districtâ€™s finances and will hopefully provide solutions to provide our students with the quality education they deserve.”