The School Board approved the legally required 2017-2018 Preliminary Budget at the Jan. 16 Regular Board Meeting and authorized the Administration to apply for exceptions to the Act 1 of 2006 Index as allowable under law.
In a statement read by School Board President Mary Birks, “We are required by law to pass this budget before the end of January. All school districts across the state of Pennsylvania are engaged in this same exercise. There are many items that remain unknown. A couple of the larger items include not having a State Budget from Harrisburg, which would give us an idea of funding, as well as not knowing all of our staffing needs for classes for 2017-18.
For that reason, and in order to give us the maximum flexibility to do what is best for the District, we vote on this preliminary budget which enables the district to utilize all applicable (Act One) exceptions. The millage rate posted in the preliminary budget does not require the board to raise taxes to that level; we will once again do our due diligence to do everything possible to minimize the tax burden on our residents.”
The School Board will begin discussion about the budget in March. More information will be available here at that time.