Newark Public Schools administrators may have been burning the midnight oil here at their 2 Cedar St. Central Office building
since the entire NPS Advisory Board rejected approving the nearly $1 billion 2013-14 district budget March 28.
State Superintendent of Schools Cami Anderson and her staff are facing an April 4 budget filing deadline to Essex County Interim Superintendent of Schools Joseph Zarraand New Jersey Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf. It is not clear whether Anderson will submit a revised version of the budget - or disregard the advisory's vote of disapproval and send her original version.
Zarra and Cerf have to grant their approval of next year's NPS spending plan like they would do with other school budgets from Irvington to Belleville. Irvington and Belleville, however, will have their respective voters approve or reject their school budgets April 16.
All nine members decided not to approve the Anderson Administration's spending plan towards the end of their annual Budget Public Hearing here in the new Central High School auditorium. Several members cited their receiving the proposed budget less than 24 hours before the long-announced special meeting.