Joseph Tramontana resides in Hamilton NJ and has served as School Business Administrator and Human Resources Director for the Hamilton Township School District. Mr.Tramontana also has extensive experience in Government serving as the Personnel Officer for Mercer County and the Director of Personnel and Labor Relations for the Township of Hamilton. Mr. Tramontana has a proven record of cutting expenses and increasing revenue. Examples include reducing employee injuries saving his employer over one million dollars, raising close to 12M dollars through an energy grant, and cutting waste removal by 30% through a recycling program. The district where he worked had two perfect financial audits and a AA+ Bond Rating. In addition, under his leadership Hamilton had outstanding financial audits supported by independent auditing companies. Mr. Tramontana is also an experienced labor negotiator with years of experience in dealing with large labor unions.
Joseph Tramontana maintains a personal website called “The Citizen’s Guide to School Finance”. The purpose of the website is to explain a complicated subject like school finance, so the general public can have a better understanding. The average citizen can use this knowledge so they can begin to participate in these critical decisions. It is important to be open and transparent regarding issues related to school finance and the budget process. The school budget is the engine that funds your child’s education and the parents need to express their views regarding the education process. Understanding the basic elements of the school budget will allow the public to make meaningful contributions.
The introductory phase of the website/blog defines the major revenue sources and expenses. This is a most important first step in understanding the concepts that follow. Then we begin the discussion each week regarding how we can bring in more revenue and reduce expenses. This can all be accomplished without sacrificing academic programs. If funds are allocated intelligently, you can actually increase learning. Each week there are examples to support these claims. The blog will also discuss relevant topics like leadership, management skills and effective communication.
Joseph Tramontana explores the critical areas every week in technology, special education, curriculum, education foundations and other critical issues affecting modern education. The public must realize that they cannot rely on the usual revenue sources such as aid from the state and local property taxes. Property tax growth is limited and the states have their own revenue issues which they are dealing with. The time for creative dialogue and solutions about these issues is right now.
Joseph Tramontana has a Bachelors Degree in Business from Rowan University and a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Development from Thomas Edison State College. Mr. Tramontana also holds permanent certifications, from the New Jersey Department of Education, as a Principal and a School Business Administrator. He also has additional credits in Fund Accounting which is the cornerstone of public finance. Mr. Tramontana is currently a consultant to a private sector corporation where he specializes in public finance and budgeting.
Hamilton NJ has over 90,000 residents.