A few weeks ago, GL reported that the Lakewood school district will be receiving $36 million in state aid from the School District Relief account in the form of a loan.
This loan will be repaid over 10 years in annual payments of $3.6 million beginning the 2020/21 school year.
There were two significant issues though, with the main one being busing.
The LSTA – a quasi-government organization which took care of busing – and courtesy busing, is no longer in existence thanks to Governor Murphy who cut it from the budget.
Kids within 2 miles from school (2.5 for high school) are not eligible for funding and need to carpool or walk. Previously the LSTA arranged courtesy busing at a minimal cost without LTSA this becomes a real issue.
The State allocates money to school districts based on the number of children enrolled in Public school. While the state only covers the Public school students they require the school districts to fund busing for both private and public schools. In Lakewood, roughly 85% of children are in private school while only receiving funding for 15% of the children.
GL reported, “the township did receive a loan, so it should not be complex for the LSTA to rename itself and to continue it’s work – with funds from the loan.”
First, the School district pushed the busing responsibility to the Township, but they quickly declined to take on the responsibility – which is not theirs.
Now, The Lakewood school district has been accepting bids from companies looking to ‘run’ Lakewood’s busing.
As of now, no one put in a bid, but GL learned the LSTA will do so next week. They will be the only bidder and will resume their busing responsibilities.
As of now, R’ Krawiec will resume his role leading the LSTA.