State monitor is installed to supervise spending in Elmwood Park school district (North Jersey . com)

January 7, 2013 – A funding crisis in Elmwood Park Public Schools (Enhanced: Aa3 / 290096BE5) that the superintendent mostly attributes to the rampant growth of special education costs will now become a challenge for a newly appointed state monitor who can veto the school board. The gravity of the state’s decision to appoint a full-time agent in the district, prompted by two consecutive yearly budget deficits, was underscored Monday night when Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf appeared at a special board meeting to personally introduce the monitor and detail the extent to which he can control the purse strings.

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