State Monitor Tom Egan (left) and Belleville Superintendent Dr. Richard Tomko (right) have been managing the Belleville public school budgets together since 2015.
In 2017, Egan allowed Tomko a 14% pay increase to $203,000. Since then, the Belleville Mayor and Council, as well as the Belleville Board of Education, have both pointed to Egan and Tomko’s school spending agenda as a taxing problem for Belleville.
READ ABOUT TOMKO’S 14% RAISE HERE:
Now, unelected State Monitor Egan and his after full-time Belleville job school hours education “Consultant” Dr. Tomko are calling the shots here in Lyndhurst for our public schools, with little resistance from our elected officials.
READ BELLEVILLE BOE OBJECTED TO EGAN & TOMKO’S BUDGET PLAN:
The Belleville school board split with Egan and Tomko on spending plan in 2018
by Matt Kadosh, Staff Writer, May 1, 2018 | northjersey.com
BELLEVILLE — With a hotly contested school bond issue already anticipated to hike taxes, Board of Education members have voted down another tax increase in the form of its 2018-19 budget.
The Belleville School District’s 2018-19 school budget failed by a vote of 3-3 on Monday, with board members Erika Jacho, Nelson Barrera and Thomas Graziano favoring the spending plan.
Members Michael Sheldon, Thomas Grolimond and Liza Lopez voted against the proposed budget.
The board has until the state’s May 14 deadline to adopt a formal spending plan, school officials said.
“As soon as we get in tomorrow, we’ll sit down with the business office and team, and we’ll get a game plan together,” said Schools Superintendent Richard Tomko on Monday. “It’s going to be multiple meetings with the board.”
READ THE ENTIRE BELLEVILLE SCHOOL BUDGET NEWS STORY LINKED HERE:
Then on June 18, 2019, the Belleville Mayor & Council blamed school spending and a school construction plan OKed under Egan and Tomko for higher Belleville tax increases
READ THIS LETTER ON THE BELLEVILLE MUNICIPAL WEBSITE LINKED HERE: