HALIFAX - With one school board member resigning and the board tabling action on the proposed fiscal budget for 2015-16, Superintendent Dr. Michele M. Orner and Business Manager Michael Bower have their work cut out for them.
The board voted 8-0 to table the proposed budget of $19,706,823 and the property tax increase of 1.51 mills that goes along with it. The district is facing a $795,156 deficit. The proposed budget was presented during a meeting on April 20. It assumed the board raises taxes to the index and takes advantage of the exceptions for PSERS and special education; assumes the district receives level funding from state and federal sources; it includes reductions to work force, increases in pension costs, health insurance, and salaries per negotiated collective bargaining agreements.
ELIZABETHVILLE - They're serving up something special in the Upper Dauphin Area High School cafeteria.
Some have described it as a lesson in kindness and mutual respect.
The Class of 2015 voted to dedicate this year's yearbook to a quartet of women who have made quite an impression on them - the Upper Dauphin "Lunch Ladies". Four other staff members were in the running for the coveted title, but it was the cafeteria crew who earned the nod.
HEGINS - It's that time of the year again - where the state of Pennsylvania requires all its school districts to come up with and approve a budget for the next operating year, without the state telling the districts how much funding will be available from the state budget.
Last Wednesday evening the Tri-Valley School Board approved its preliminary budget which reflects a 0.762 millage increase. The budget will be on display for 30-days and will be adopted at a special meeting in June.
TOWER CITY - Williams Valley School District will undergo $7.36 million in renovations to its facilities over a two-year, two-phase plan unveiled May 14 to the school board. It's all to be done without any tax increases, according to Superintendent Dr. Donald Burkhardt.
Shayne A. Homan, Director of Energy Services; and Bill Smith, Project Engineer, with McClure Company, of Harrisburg, outlined the plan.