Last year, the Adult School of Montclair begged the Board of Ed for more time before it had to pick up the costs of benefits for its three full-time employees. The school board said no, and the Adult School started paying all these costs itself.
But even after requiring employees to pay their own dental benefits and stopping health coverage for family members, says director Suzy Kass, the costs are too high for such a small organization to bear — at least until it can create a Friends group to raise money or add a third night of classes each week. The Adult School’s fund balance has dropped dramatically, endangering the program, she says.
So they’re going back to the Board of Ed tonight and are asking for a five-year phase-in of the $53,000 benefit tab. They’d like the Board to contribute $38,000 this year, $32,0000 the next year, then $30,000 and then $25,000 before requiring the Adult School to pay the full tab on benefits itself.
Over the weekend, the school sent out an email asking people to “Save the Adult School of Montclair” by attending the school board meeting tonight. The item is not on the school board agenda, but Kass plans to bring it up in public comments.
The Board of Ed meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the George Innes Annex Atrium, 141 Park Street.