School budget squeaks by

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:47

    WEST MILFORD-Voters approved the 2005/2006 school budget, but only by 76 votes. A separate question on the ballot, which requested roughly a quarter of a million dollars for an assortment of things ranging from janatorial hours to an intercom replacement was turned down. Although there are 16,932 registered voters in West MIlford, only 2,249 came out on Tuesday. There were also three 3-year seats on the board of education up for grabs. But there were only three candidates, so that election was somewhat of a non-event. Current board Vice President Barbara Harlin ran and won, along with newcomers Wayne Gottlieb and Tim Foley. Foley received the highest number of votes — 1,416. They will replace Christopher Rahey and Ken Freedman, both of whom opted not to run again. Newly appointed Superintendent Glenn Kamp said, "As the superintendent, I want to thank all the voters who came out and supported our budget. Also, I'd like to thank the board of education and the business administrator, Mr. Cea, for all the work they did putting together a budget that the voters could support. Also, thanks to the president of the teachers union, Mary Ryan-Zanotti for her support, along with the West MIlford Education Association." The next board meeting will take place on May 3 at 8 p.m. in the Westbrook media Center. The new board members will be installed at that time, and in addition, the board will choose its 2005/2006 officers.