Collaborating on Real Solutions to the 2-Percent Cap (1/29/11)

The New Jersey School Boards Association, in conjunction with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, hosted a program, “Collaborating on Real Solutions to the 2 Percent Cap,” on January 29 in Trenton. The conference was designed to help school boards and municipalities work together to comply with the new 2 percent property tax levy cap while maintaining the quality and level of services. Approximately 200 school and municipal officials attended the event.

As an additional service to meeting participants and members, NJSBA is providing videos and presentations from the various sessions.


Welcome & Introductions
Marie S. Bilik, Executive Director NJSBA

Michael J. Darcy, Assistant Executive Director, NJSLOM
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Keynote Presentation

James Hughes Ph.D., Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
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School Budgets 101

Raymond R. Wiss, President NJSBA, Michael A. Vrancik, Governmental Relations Director, NJSBA, John Donahue NJASBO, and Patrick J. Fletcher, Superintendent River Dell Regional High School
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Shared Services Report

Brenda C. Liss, Esq., Counsel to Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
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Leveraging Economies of Scale

Ted Stanziale, Business Development Manager, Promedia
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Panel Discussion

John McCormac, Mayor, Woodbridge Township, Gregory Fehrenbach, Interlocal Advisory Service Coordinator, League of Municipalities, William Barnaskas, Immediate Past President, Bergen CSBA
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The State of the Labor Unions

Robert Greitz, Senior Consultant/Negotiator, NJSBA, Philip E. Stern, Esq., Adams Stern Gutierrez & Lattibourdere, LLC.
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The Roadmap to Collaboration: Allamuchy Townhip's Story

James H. Cote, Mayor, Allamuchy Township, Betty Schultheis, Deputy Mayor, Allamuchy Township, Dr. Timothy Frederiks, Superintendent, Allamuchy Township School District , Francis Gavin, Board President, Allamuchy Township BOE
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Thinking Outside The Box: Protecting Your Core Business
Dr. Carol A. Fredericks, Ed.D the Business Administrator for Bogota Public Schools discusses how she is reducing the cost of public education in her community while protecting the core business, which is educating students.
Q & A with the Panelists
Closing Remarks


The State Local Unit Alignment Reorganization and Consolidation Commission "Shared Service Themes" Report

Mayoral Response to 12th Annual League Survey

Your District and the 2% Cap Questionnaire

Leveraging Economies of Scale (printable presentation)

School Budgets 101 (printable presentation)

Keynote Presentation (printable version)

Press Coverage

Star Ledger

Burlington County Times

Bergen Record

New Jersey Spotlight

Trenton Times

News 12 New Jersey (registration required)