Midland Park April 8, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 11 School budget (continued from page 5) of $19,130,337 is up $599,048 or 3.16 percent over the current year’s spending plan. The amount to be raised by taxation, $16,623,104, is up $633,462 , an increase of 3.96 percent. As the budget now stands, taxes on the average home assessed at $300,000 would go up by $222.97. To counteract an even greater tax increase, Schiffer said, the board is using $295,593 in free balance. This amount is more than double the $125,000 in free balance appropriated last year. The budget anticipates $1,241,654 in state aid, the same amount received for the current school year. Miscellaneous revenues are down 10.64 percent. A member of the audience objected to the tax increase, recommending it be rolled back and the budget cut by an additional 5 percent. He suggested increasing class size and eliminating staff. Venditti countered that is not the direction in which the board wants to take the district. Parent Missy Furlong said that her child was in a class with 28 students and indicated that was not desirable. At recent meetings parents have been asking for smaller class sizes in next year’s grade 3. Midland Park High School recently performed their Spring musical ‘Leader of the Pack’ under the direction of Pam Klinger. Musical director was Ilya Maslov. Leader of the Pack ����� ������������� ���������������������������� ���������������� ���������� � ���������� ����������������� ������������ ���������������� ������������������������� ����������������������������� ���������� ���������������������������������� ������������ ������������������������������������ ����������������������� ������������������������������ ������������