Feb. 14--Despite the winter storm, the Palmyra Area School Board met Thursday evening, with the key item on the agenda being the 2014-2015 preliminary budget.
The board approved a budget of $43.8 million, with real estate mills of 13.567. However, the board is expected to reduce the budget before approving a final version in June.
Under the preliminary budget, an increase of 4.27 percent would generate additional real estate taxes of $102 on the median home assessment of $183,000, according to Darcy Brenner-Smith, director of business affairs.
The preliminary budget is a worst-case scenario. As they have in past years, administrators will continue to fine-tune the budget over the next three months as they get more detailed information on the state budget, health care premiums and teacher retirements.
In addition, the board authorized administrators to seek approval of two referendum exceptions under Act 1 from the state Department of Education. The exceptions are for retirement contributions in the amount of $341,546, and special education in the amount of $64,642.
In other business, the board:
approved Lindsay Knepp to attend the PA Student Assistance Program Conference in State College from Feb. 23-25 at a district cost of $635.69.
approved Alexis Farrell and Kara Schoessler to attend the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference in Hershey, March 27-28, at a district cost of $190 plus a substitute for two days.
approved Kim-Kathie Knudsen to attend the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE & C) in Hershey from Feb. 10-12 at a district cost of $262.
approved Jeff Remington to attend the National Science Teachers Association Convention in Boston, Mass., on April 3-4 at a district cost of $180 plus a substitute for two days.
approved a Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project Club field trip to the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on March 14. Costs will be covered by a Palmyra Area Education Foundation grant. The district will incur the cost of a substitute for one day.
approved on first reading of Policy 217 related to graduation requirements. Students would be allowed to graduate early
approved the retirement of Elaine Stine, Reading Recovery teacher leader, and Natalie Mawritz, Reading Recovery teacher, both effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
The board's next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27.
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