Ventnor taxpayers will likely pay an additional $1 million for sending local students to Atlantic City High School. That’s according to Ventnor Mayor, Beth Holtzman at the Feb 27 commission meeting. ‘It’s obscene’ says Holtzman.
TUITION PRICE HIKE. The additional amount that Ventnor taxpayers will pay to Atlantic City High School per Ventnor pupil… is a whopping $2,300. That’s a 14% increase for a high school with poor track record of achieving basic academic standards.
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- Tuition for 2020-2021 Ventnor school year: $19,019 per pupil
- Tuition for 2019-2020 Ventnor school year: $16,719 per pupil
Increased school expense could add 6.3 cents to Ventnor tax rate.
- Ventnor property owners could pay $1,307 on each $150,000 of assessed value.
- Property valued at $300,000 could pay extra $2,614 in annual Ventnor taxes.
Proposed Ventnor school budget could go up $1.5 million. Approx $1 million would go directly to Atlantic City High School.
Concerned Citizens of Ventnor: Atlantic City Superintendent Barry Caldwell is bad news. For students. For parents. For taxpayers.
Only 13% of Atlantic City High School students achieve proficiency in Math. The NJ state average is 41%.
Only 23% of AC High School students achieve proficiency in Reading/Language Arts. NJ state average is 53%.
Atlantic City High School Performance Report
Atlantic City High School: far below state average in key measures of college & career readiness.
AC School system. Crappy scores in math, reading and writing.
By the time kids get to Atlantic City High School, it gets worse. Especially chronic absenteeism.
Any changes in the school funding formula needs to be addressed by members of the New Jersey Legislature. So far, NJ Senator Chris Brown and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato have kept quiet on the issue.
Need for an audit. Get detailed reporting of all AC School District School expenses that forced this tuition increase on Ventnor taxpayers.
Will Ventnor’s Mayor Holtzman get a sit-down with AC school superintendent, Barry Caldwell? Can he explain the 14% increase in tuition, in just one year?
Other sending districts, including Margate and Brigantine also surprised by the school tuition increase.
Next Ventnor Board of School Estimate meeting is Thurs, March 30 at 5pm. Ventnor City Hall, 6201 Atlantic Ave.