During a special meeting Tuesday, the school board unanimously approved a tentative budget for the 2014-2015 school year that requires property tax rates to rise 3 mills -- from 130 to 133.
One mill generates about
The proposed budget lists expected expenditures and revenues at
Zahand said final numbers will hinge on educational spending doled out in the state's 2014-2015 budget. The deadline to approve that budget is
"We'll be working on the budget to hopefully pare things down and hopefully we'll have more information as it comes forth from the state and the feds," Board president
Zahand said the tentative spending plan does not include cuts to curriculum.
Wiltz and Vice President
--An increase in the district's contribution to the
--A 4.5 percent increase in health insurance premiums for teachers and staff effective
--Drastic cuts in state subsidies for basic education from the state.
"If you take the 200 people who work here, a 4.5 percent increase means about
"All 500 school districts in this state are facing this," Wiltz said.
The school board will be tackling new contracts for both district teachers and support staff. The teacher's contract expires in August.
"We're trying to wrestle through all of this," Short said. "Last year, we did not raise taxes at all ... and that was the right thing to do because we had money in the budget from the state and everything balanced out well.
"This year is tough based on those numbers. I think PSERS is the biggest thing, and if you look at the projections correctly, they go up another 4.5 percent in 2015-16 and maybe 3 percent the following year."
In other action, the board voted to advertise for bids to purchase two school buses and two vans. The buses are to accommodate 72 passengers.
The board will conduct its regular monthly business meeting
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