The Business Office is responsible for the development, preparation, and management of our district's $40+ million dollar budget.
- Oversee district-wide payroll and accounting operations and ensures that the district is compliant with all state and federal reporting requirements.
- Transportation, Food Services and Facilities are also functions performed in the Business Office.
- The caretaker for all district records and is principally responsible for preparing board agendas and keeping accurate record of board actions.
- Managing the district's risk insurance program including property, liability, and auto coverage.
- The Business Office is responsible for the procurement of all goods and services and ensures that all purchasing is consistent with law, code and regulation.
- The Business Office maintains accurate and complete records pursuant to generally accepted accounting principals, and annually hires an independent accounting firm to review and prepare a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This report is reviewed annually by the board and is filed with the Department of Education.
- 2023-24 Year Budget Information
- 2022-23 Year Budget Information
- Prior Year Budgets
- Prior Year Audit Information
Pomptonian Interactive Cafeteria Menus
- The lunch payment process is automated for both the parents and the district so errors are minimized and the process is standardized.
- Cashiers spend less time taking cash at the serving
- lines so lines move more quickly and also decrease the amount of contact when making a purchase.
- Additionally, there is not a chance of lost lunch money from home to the serving lines!
- Payments can be made by credit card or ACH (electronic checking) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the parents' convenience.
- Parents can review what their students are actually purchasing along with account balance information.
- PaySchools Central supports increased communication between the school & the parents.
- Student lunch and fee balance information is readily available to the parents, the district and the school staff.
- Parents can opt to receive an email when a student balance dips to certain threshold (set by the parent).
- Parents can opt to use an automatic payment feature which replenishes their student account(s) when a balance dips to a specific level (specified by the parent).
- School messages are automatically emailed to parents.
- A continuous online survey is provided to monitor parent feedback and ideas.
- Student information is automatically transferred from year-to year and from school-to-school.
- Parents can manage more than one student account.
PIN NUMBERS WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. RETURNING STUDENTS' PIN NUMBERS WILL REMAIN THE SAME FROM THE PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEAR.
How to sign up
Visit www.payschoolscentral.com and Select the "Sign Up" option from the menu.
Mountain Lakes School District uses a POS (point of sale) cash register system in all the cafeterias, which allows you to have your cash or checks deposited directly into your child's lunch debit account! This will reduce time-consuming cash transactions and make our lunch lines move much faster.
Note that while cash is still accepted in all the cafeterias, our hope is that many parents will appreciate and utilize the ease and convenience of prepaying for their child's lunch. This will also help to move the line more quickly and decrease the amount of contact when making a purchase. You will rest assured that there will be no more lost or forgotten lunch money and that your prepaid funds will be held safely in trust by the school district!
Additionally, our optional web based payment program that was formally called PayForIt has changed names. It is now called PaySchools Central. This program allows parents to pay by credit card or electronic check (ACH). Note that there is an internet convenience fee associated with payment by credit card or ACH, whereas there is no fee to put money on account at the register by cash or check. Those of you currently using this system from previous years will be able to add your newly enrolled elementary school child to your existing Payforit account. Further information on PaySchools can be found by clicking HERE.
As a parent, you can also choose whether your child can have unrestricted use of prepaid funds, (meaning that they can purchase anything sold in their school's cafeteria), or if you prefer, you can restrict your child's purchases to “Lunch Only.” There is also the ability to post a note to your child's account advising of food allergies. Please call our cafeteria office at 973-335-9179 if you would like to restrict or note your child's lunch account.
All middle and high school students should bring all deposits directly to their school's cafeteria. Elementary students will hand their deposit to their classroom teacher in the mornings. For Elementary students we ask that you send in all transactions with your child's name clearly printed on the envelope. Note that we encourage you to send as large a dollar amount as possible. For your convenience, the larger the amount you send, the fewer times during the year you will have to remember to replenish your child's account. Checks/money orders should be made payable to ‘Mountain Lakes Board of Education.” Again, although it is preferred that students utilize the new debit system; cash will still be accepted at all POS registers.
If you have any questions, you can contact our cafeteria office at 973-335-9179 for assistance or myself at 973-334-8280.
Mr. Alex Ferreira
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary
(as of 4/7/2021)
Your pension number can be found at the bottom right of your pay stub.
- PERS/TPAF: (609)-292-7524
- TDD (609)-292-6683
The district’s transportation operations are managed by the central office staff and include student transportation services to the district’s schools, out of district schools and vocational schools. Extra-curricular and athletic transportation services are typically coordinated by the advisers and athletic department, respectively.
Should parents/guardians have any concerns regarding the district’s transportation services, all inquiries should be relayed to the School Business Administrator at 973.334.8280.
For more Student Transportation information from the NJ Department of Education please click here.
At the September 9, 2021, Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the creation of the subscription busing program. The subscription busing program’s goal is to provide an option to students that normally would not qualify for mandated transportation as defined by N.J.S.A. 18A:39-1 et seq., and Board of Education policy 8600.
- Annually, the Board of Education will approve the transportation routes for mandated students per N.J.S.A. 18A:39-1 et seq.
- Eligible students for the subscription busing program shall be defined as students residing in Mountain Lakes not eligible for mandated transportation services per N.J.S.A. 18A:39-1 et seq.
- In the event that the approved transportation routes contain unused seats, the unused seats will be made available through the subscription busing program
- Unused seats shall be defined as the number of seats on the operating bus, minus mandated students, minus four (4) seats to be held for mandated transportation students that move to the district after the school year begins
- The number of subscription busing program seats will be limited to the number of unused seats
- The subscription busing program will not modify the efficient operation of the approved route, to include additional stops, times, etc.
- Participation in the subscription busing program will commence with an annual subscription busing application completed by the parent/guardian
- In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of seats designated for subscription busing, a random drawing will be held to assign the seats to the applicants in the order of the drawing
- Siblings attending the same school will be given equal prioritization without the need for multiple applications
- Parents/guardians will be responsible for the annual subscription busing fee in the event that a subscription busing seat is made available pursuant to the selected application
- For the 2023/24 school year, the subscription busing fee is anticipated to remain flat at $700 per student for the full 180 service days
- The annual subscription busing fee will be due prior to the first day of service and refunds will only be issued in the event the student transfers out of district
- In the event that the district needs to transition to virtual education, a refund will be calculated and provided to parents/guardians consistent with number of days of virtual education
- Should the number of mid-year mandated student enrollments exceed the four seats reserved, subscription busing services may be terminated to a student in the reverse order of the drawing results or application submission date/time
The subscription busing program for the 2023/24 school year will operate under the following estimated timeline: