Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Opportunity

Mayor Hoven and the NJ State League of Municipalities announce a scholarship opportunity for West Morris Mendham HS juniors and seniors who reside in Chester Borough.  The Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition offers three $1000 scholarships to students who enter a statewide competition in which they write about about “What my Municipal Government Does Best.”

Full details and an application can be found at this link. Please share this information with interested students.

Scholarship opportunity for HS Seniors

Here is a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors serving in a branch of public safety, or whose a parent is actively serving or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

Visit http://200clubofmorriscounty.com/scholarship.html for full details.

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Scholarships Available for Eligible High School Seniors

The 200 Club of Morris County is pleased to announce our 2018 Scholarship Awards Program.

Scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis for the 2018-2019 academic year. Award criteria includes academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The Scholarship Committee will review and approve applications impartially with no knowledge of the applicants’ identities.

Announcement of the awards is made in mid-April followed by an Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at The Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes.

Qualifications

Applications will be limited to high school seniors who have a parent actively serving Morris County in a law enforcement / public safety capacity, or whose parent has retired and has satisfied their agency’s retirement eligibility requirements, or are themselves in one of the following branches of law enforcement or public safety:

• Police and Law Enforcement, including Federal and State
  agencies
• Fire Department (including volunteer fire fighters)
• Volunteer Ambulance Corps/First Aid Squads

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility is limited to the children of law enforcement and public safety personnel or high school seniors engaged in the branches reflected under our Qualifications.

State Police eligibility is restricted to those who live or have their primary assignment in Morris County. Children of personnel working in clerical or other non-related public safety duties are not eligible.

Likewise, children of members of The Two Hundred Club of Morris County are not eligible.

All eligible students may apply without regard to race, religion, color or gender.

Information regarding vote on school funding

A letter from Robert O. Strobel, President, West Morris Regional High School District Board of Education
November 1, 2016

Dear West Morris Regional High School Community:

Please remember to vote on November 8.  The ballot includes the following question put to the voters by the West Morris Regional High School District Board of Education:

“Shall the West Morris Regional High School District’s annual and special appropriations be apportioned on the following basis:  50% on each municipality’s equalized valuation allocated to the West Morris Regional High School District as provided by state law and 50% on the proportioned number of pupils enrolled from each municipality on the 15th day of October of the pre-budget year?”

If approved, this would change the funding of annual and special appropriations (more simply put, the District’s budget) from the current formula based 100% on each municipality’s equalized valuation.

The attached presentation, which is also available on the District website, is provided to inform your decision.  Most of it is self-explanatory, however, a couple of items may benefit from further discussion.

Some basic background provides context for the ballot question.  5 municipalities participate in the two high school District.  With only a few exceptions, West Morris Mendham High School is dedicated to the Chesters and Mendhams, which in the current year send 51.2% of the Districts’ students and pay 65.95% of the taxes necessary to run the District.   Likewise with few exceptions, West Morris Central High School is dedicated to Washington Township, which in the current year sends 48.8% of the Districts’ students and pays 34.05% of the taxes necessary to run the District.

The current 100% equalized value formula was mandated by a state law adopted in 1975.  Prior to that, and dating back to the District’s formation in 1958, the district’s budget was funded based 100% on the proportioned number of pupils enrolled from each municipality.

Pages 9-12 of the presentation contain charts that will give you a qualitative view of the potential tax impact of changing the funding formula.  They should not be viewed as providing a statement as to what you will actually pay.  This is because your actual taxes will depend on three variables that we can not predict with certainty: (1) number of students; (2) equalized property values and (3) district spending.  For this reason, the charts only provide the dollar impact for prior years, for which each of the variables is known.  These prior year charts show what would have happened if the new formula had been applied in those years.

Looking forward to years 2017-2020, the charts only provide the percentage of district funding (“% Regional Tax” in the last column) that might be paid by each municipality if the number of students currently in each of the sending K-8 districts arrive at the high school in exactly the same percentages as currently exists in the 5th through 8th grades. The actual numbers may be close, but it is highly unlikely they will be exactly the same.  As a result, the calculation of each town’s % Regional Tax should be viewed as illustrative and not absolute.

The best way to look at the charts for years 2017-2020 is to compare your town’s % Regional Tax  for the Current Formula of 100% Equalized Value in the top chart on page 7 of the attachment to future years % Regional Tax.  Assuming (1) the 5th through 8th grade student populations accurately predict the percentage of student from each town in the high school in a given year, (2) equalized property values hold steady and (3) the district’s spending is unchanged, in any year in which your town’s % Regional Tax is greater than its 2016 % Regional Tax, you will pay more tax than you will in 2016.  Likewise, in any year in which your town’s % Regional Tax is less than its 2016 % Regional Tax, you will pay less tax than you will in 2016.

The funding formula has been a source of controversy for many years, however, the Board takes no position on the ballot question other than to urge you to please vote on November 8.

Sincerely,

Robert O. Strobel, President

West Morris Regional High School District Board of Education

Click here to view the presentation.