Margate Schools

$32,000 Tuition Cost Per Student Too High, Says Margate Residents.

The question of why Margate needs to fully staff 2 schools, once again reared it’s ugly head at the Feb. Margate Commissioners meeting. It’s true. Margate taxpayers do foot quite a hefty bill each year to educate our local kids. Resident John Sewell says taxpayers spend a whopping $32,000 per student…per year in tuition. The …

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Margate Resident Feedback: School Budgets and Declining Enrollment

Margate ponders the need for two schools in a town with declining, full-time residency. Listen to resident feedback from recent Margate Commissioner meetings. Some highlighted comments from the audio clips below: MARGATE SCHOOL BUDGET  $13.5 mil per year. That’s 1/3 of entire city budget. ISIS commander grew up in Margate. Zulfi Hoxha graduated from AC …

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Margate & Ventnor Pressured to Merge Schools as Enrollment Plummets

The pressure is growing on Margate & Ventnor leadership. Concerned citizens, taxpayers, and especially 2nd home-owners and those on a fixed income, are demanding more fiscal responsibility via shared services. Why should Margate & Ventnor have separate schools and public safety departments? ‘Time for some adult supervision at our local school board’. That’s what Margate’s …

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When Will Ventnor & Margate School Boards Make Tough Decisions?

Ventnor and Margate Student enrollment on decline, while heavy costs remain. Ventnor school rooms lost 30% of their students over the last seven years. Ventnor School board President James Pacanowski agreed there’s a perception that the district may be overstaffed. Ventnor School Enrollment on Fast Decline: 2017 – 701 students 2016 – 752 students 2011 …

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Feedback on Margate’s School Budget & Operations

From John Sewell of Margate: The Margate tax rate is up due to the City Commission’s refusal to address the 800-pound gorilla in its midst; i.e., the obscenely bloated school budget. At $12.9 million a year, it represents more than one-third of the entire city budget. Such inordinate spending is being funded on the backs …

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Margate School Superintendent Talks Enrollment Decline

From John DiNicola Superintendent of Schools: In late August the Margate Board of Education asked me to come up with a plan that would help the board and other stakeholders address the effect of declining enrollment on district facilities, staffing and programming. After conferring with professionals from the New Jersey School Boards Association and the …

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Margate Considers School Consolidation & Non-Resident Students

Leaders of the Margate school system are well aware of declining enrollment. The tough question: should Margate consolidate it’s schools and charge tuition for potential non-resident students? Downward trends in kindergarten and first-grade enrollment are painting a bleak picture in regards to future student numbers in Margate. Margate currently has 352 students in our school …

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Margate School Enrollment Slips Faster. Merge Students with Ventnor?

Margate has been more aggressive at addressing declining enrollment and possible school consolidation. According to ShoreNewsToday, projected enrollment was 352 students as of July 1, down from 400 actual students on June 1. Tighe Middle School graduated 59 eighth graders in June. The district enrolled 26 kindergarteners at Ross Elementary School. Shore News Today: Some …

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Longport Voters Consider Tax Increase to Avoid School Deficit

LONGPORT residents may have to dig deeper into their pockets. They’ll be asked to OK a permanent school tax levy increase via a special election referendum. If approved, $400,000 would be raised to cover the Longport Board of Education’s budget shortfall. If not approved by voters, the Longport budget would in deficit. Learn more at the …

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