School Board budget discussions will be posted on this website.
April 6, 2015 School Board Budget Discussion
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2015-2016 Budget Presentation
School Board Discusses Proposed Final Budget
School Board Approves Proposed Final Budget
List of Proposed Changes to the Budget
As part of the budget preparation each year the Superintendent meets with groups in the District to determine which programs no longer meet our needs or can be offered in a different way to gain cost savings. As part of this process, a list is compiled to reflect changes in student course selection and enrollment fluctuations which becomes a decision point in developing a proposed final budge. While not yet final, this document will be reviewed further with changes being made as the Board deems necessary before a final budget is passed on May 18, 2015.
Proposed changes to the 2015-2016 Budget
The School Board approved the Proposed Final Budget at the April 13 Regular Board meeting in the amount of $91,643,749 at a millage rate of 23.57 mills, a .42 mill increase and using $750,000 from the fund balance. The Board asked Dr. Steinhauer and the administration to see if they could reduce the millage any further. The .42 mill increase reflects the PSERS rate increase for the District. The cost of the millage increase to a homeowner is $42 a year on a home assessed at $100,000. The vote on the Final Budget will take place at the May 18, 2015 Regular School Board meeting.
Proposed 2015-2016 Budget
At the April 7, 2015 School Board meeting, the School Board discussed the 2015-2016 Proposed Final Budget. School Board President Larry Lebowitz asked Board members to share their thoughts on the parameters for the millage rate and use of fund balance for Dr. Steinhauer to use to develop the Proposed Final Budget. During the Board Meeting, the consensus of the Board was to direct Dr. Steinhauer and the administration to develop a budget with a .42 mill increase (or less, if possible) to cover the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) rate increase, use $750,000 of the fund balance, and make approximately $582,000 in budget reductions to balance the budget. A .42 mill increase is $42 a year on a home assessed at $100,000.
The challenge in developing this year’s budget is to maintain the school district’s excellent programs and keep budget reductions as far from the classroom as possible. As was discussed at previous School Board meetings, the limitation on the millage rate due to the Act 1 of 2006 Index is 1.9 % or .44 mills, without the use of exceptions. In addition, the District, along with all other districts across the state, is faced with a large increase in the mandated contributions to PSERS. The District’s PSERS rate will increase from 21.40% to 25.84% which is a 21% increase. This rate increase alone translates into a .42 mill increase.
An added challenge in developing the budget is that the state has not passed its budget and won’t have one finalized by the time the District's budget must be approved in May, so we will not know what the District's funding from the state will be until that time.
The Board will vote on the Proposed Final Budget at the April 13 School Board meeting at 7:30 p.m.in the LGI Room D205 in the high school.
Business Director Janice Klein presented an overview of the 2015-16 Budget to the School Board at the March 9 Discussion Meeting. Even though it is still early in the budget development process, Ms. Klein outlined the major issues facing the District in the coming year. As is the case with most school districts, the rising cost of PSERS (Pennsylvania School Employees' Retirement System) and the uncertainty about the amount of funding from the State play a significant role in budget planning.
2015-2016 Budget Presentation
School Board Approves 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget Preparation
The Board has to prepare and present for public view on our website a preliminary budget for the 2015-2016 School Year in order to be able to apply for exemptions under Act 1 of 2006 on the required State form. The Board approved preparation of a Preliminary Budget for 2015-2016 for public view at the December 8, 2014 School Board meeting and announced its intent to approve such budget at its January 19, 2015 Board meeting with revisions as it deems necessary.
2015-2016 Proposed Preliminary Budget
Budget Issues for
--Limitation on millage rate due to Act 1 of 2006 Index = 1.9% increase plus allowable exceptions.
--PSERS Rate increase from 21.40% to 25.84% (percentage of salary) a 21% increase.
--Governor’s Proposed Budget gives increases for current programming and proposes changes in taxing structure.
--Potential bond refinancing.
--MLEA negotiations in process.
--High School student course selections.
--District-wide teacher staffing needs.
--Assessed values in community – due to outstanding appeals.
--Legislatively approved State funding levels.
--PlanCon reimbursement for high school renovation project.
All meetings take place at JMS Library.