Budget Update April 16, 2019: At the April 15 School Board meeting the Board unanimously approved the 2019-2020 Proposed Final Budget in the amount of $102,552,712 setting the millage rate at 24.79. This represents a .47 mill increase which translates into $47 a year on a home assessed at $100,000. Of the .47 mills, the amount of the District’s charter and cyber charter school obligations accounts for .37mills or $490,000 this year. The increase in contributions to the state retirement system (PSERS) is also reflected in an increase in the millage rate.
Included in this Proposed Final Budget is an increase in the number of counselors in the elementary schools from 3.5 to 5.6 counselors. This will provide each of the seven elementary schools with a dedicated counselor, eliminates the need to share counselors, and increases substantially the student to counselor contact time.
The School Board will vote on the Final 2019-2020 Budget at the May 20 Board Meeting at 7:30 pm in the High School Room D 205.April 15, 2019 Video Clip of Budget Discussion
Budget Update April 8, 2019:
Budget Discussion video clip.
Budget Update March 18, 2019: At the March 18, 2019 School Board meeting, Dr. Tim Steinhauer and Business Director Rob Geletko presented the second draft of the base budget for 2019-2020. The issues that impact next year’s budget include debt service, retirement costs (PSERS), the increase cost of our charter school obligation, fewer retirements than in previous years, the number of sabbaticals, and contractual obligations. We are still waiting on the final status of the state and federal funding we will receive.
Proposal: Increase Elementary Counselor Coverage
The second draft of the base budget for 2019-2020 included a proposal to increase counselor coverage in the elementary schools by increasing the number of counselors from 3.5 to 5.6 counselors. The proposal will provide each building with a dedicated counselor, eliminates the need to share counselors, and increases substantially the student to counselor contact time. With the addition of these counselors, we will continue to build a firm foundation of social, emotional, and career skills to support personal and academic development, as well as providing detection and intervention which lead to better outcomes in health and wellness, mental health and education.
Balancing the Budget
If the School Board decides to move forward with the administration’s recommendation to add elementary counselors, and use $1million from the Fund Balance, an increase of .55 mills is currently being projected to balance the budget. That translates into an increase of $55 a year on a home assessed at $100,000.
The budget development process continues as the administration reviews ways to reduce costs by analyzing staffing needs, refining expenditures and considering ways to increase revenue.
The School Board budget discussions are listed on this page and videos of all budget discussions and documents are posted here as well.
Budget Summary 3.18.2019
Audit and Finance Meeting March 13, 2019
Last week Business Director Rob Geletko presented "School Budgeting 101" at the Audit and Finance Committee meeting. The presentation is a good introduction on what goes into developing a school district budget and will help put the current budgeting process into context.
Watch the video of the School Budgeting 101 presentation.
Budget Update March 11, 2019: At the March 11 School Board Discussion meeting, Business Director Rob Geletko and Dr. Tim Steinhauer presented the base budget, which is the starting point for all budget discussions. As the process continues, these initial numbers are refined as more information becomes available from internal district discussions and later when we receive budget funding information from the state.
The budget for the 2019-2020 school year will be developed over the next few months until approval at the end of May. We invite the public to attend meetings where the budget will be discussed to share their input. A list of meeting dates and times are available on the banner to the right.
All School Board budget discussions will be taped for broadcast and will be posted online and archived on this page.
Budget Update January 22, 2019: At the January 22, 2019 School Board meeting the Board approved the Accelerated Budget Opt Out Resolution which makes the following unconditional certifications:
1. The school district’s various tax levies and other revenue sources will be sufficient to balance the school district final budget for the next fiscal year (2019-2020) based on maintaining current tax rates or increasing tax rates by an amount less than or equal to the Act 1 index applicable to the school district as calculated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This conclusion is based on the school district preliminary budget or other information available to the School Board.
2. The applicable index for the next fiscal year is 2.3% and the School Board will not for the next fiscal year increase the rate of its real estate tax, or any other tax for the support of public education, by an amount that exceeds the applicable index.
3. The School Board has to date and in the future will comply with the rules set forth in School Code § 687 for adoption of the school district proposed and final budgets for the next fiscal year.
4. The School Board understands that the school district will not be eligible to use Act 1 referendum exceptions for the next fiscal year.