JS School District Preliminary Budget Shows Shortfall of $ 883,141 | News, Sports, Jobs
JERSEY SHORE – The Jersey Shore Area School Board has passed a budget proposal for 2021-2022 without a tax increase. However, District Superintendent Brian Ulmer warns there could be changes to the spending plan before final adoption next month to make up for a shortfall of $ 883,141.
“What you adopted as proposed tonight is on display for 30 days. You can make changes to it before approving it in early June. “ Ulmer told the council.
Currently, the budget shows total revenues of $ 42,808,049 and expenses of $ 43,691,190, leaving a deficit of $ 883,141. The unrestricted fund balance is $ 3,713,977 which could be used to balance the budget.
“Regardless of what you do by taking the difference in the fund balance or closing that gap with a tax increase, it doesn’t affect what the proposed budget ends up being in the final. Your tax increase or the withdrawal of the money from the fund balance would indicate what you are going to do to finance the remaining part of this budget ”. he said.
The current property tax rates for the district are 13.50 Mills for Clinton County and 18.31 for Lycoming County.
Ulmer added that historically the board voted on the budget at the second meeting in May, so he asked board members to let him or district council director Ben Enders know this that they would like to do to solve the deficit.
“Typically, you would give us some sort of orientation ahead of this meeting to say what you want this agenda item to look like,” Ulmer said. He added that board members should email their suggestions by May 18, so that the May 24 meeting agenda can be set with the inclusion of board input.
In other areas, the board unanimously approved a five-year contract for Dr. Ken Dady, Deputy Superintendent. Dady will receive a base salary of $ 121,500 with future salary adjustments at the discretion of the Board.
Under other staff items, the board approved the hiring of: Cody Wilson, gaming staff member for the sports department; Julie Williams, online secretary at a rate of $ 31,631 per year; and Benjamin Comfort as a varsity women’s soccer coach, a stipend of $ 4,500. They also accepted a letter of resignation from Mary Engel as school level manager.
The board agreed to the following:
– Renewal of the subscription to group life, accidental dismemberment and long-term disability insurance with CM Regent Solutions without any change in tariffs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.
– The catering budget for the coming school year. The prices for breakfast and lunch will remain the same.
– Distributions of paychecks to employees for fiscal year 2021-2022.
– A BLaST IU 17 and an intergovernmental district agreement for a shared special education service for the 2021-2022 school year.
– A memorandum of understanding between the district and the Jersey Shore Area Education Association for the 21st century learning environment.
– Received $ 7,040 from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania through EITC donations from Citizens & Northern Bank.
The board also discussed returning to face-to-face meetings in June.
The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on May 24.
The board members present were: Craig Allen, David Becker, Harry Brungard, Patrice Doebler, Angela Grant, Wayne Kinley, Nancy Petrosky, Michelle Stemler and Mary Thomas.