Pottstown School Board to vote on $62M budget with no tax hike

In the Board of Education contest, incumbents Graig Galef (1,220) and Frank Schecker (1,115) and newcomer Lisa Rudley (1,169) earned three-year terms, while Diana Lemon (1,041) won the seat for an unexpired term that ends in June 2018.

Lakeland voters also approved a capital reserve fund of no more than $20 million for building and facilities improvements and vehicle purchases (888-242) and a $1.4 million proposition to buy vehicles and equipment (876-255).

The newly approved budget calls for a tax levy, (the total amount requested from all the tax payers in the district) of $118.53 million, a 2.1 percent increase from last year's.

"The annual cap in your community will seldom be exactly 2 percent", reads the "New York State's Property Tax: A Citizens Guide".

A homeowner with a home assessed at $250,000 should see an increase in their tax bill of $47. The school board seat went to Kim McCaullley with 203 votes in a three-way race. David Harvatine received 216 votes, and Dean Winspear received 176.

This will be Hoffman's first term on the board, and Casey will be serving his 10th, non-consecutive term.

One of two open seats on the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education was filled Tuesday night. According to agenda handed out at a recent school board meeting, the search firm to hire Bedden's replacement won't be hired until August 1. "If you'd asked me three months ago, I would have said if we get to 2.5 percent we're lucky".

That's an increase of 12.41 percent over past year, due entirely, school officials say, to a change to record debt service expenditures in the general fund as recommended by the comptroller's office.

"The VNA gave the highest offer", Anderson said. Supt. Coles said he had done some research a year ago to determine if it would make sense to do their own IT work rather than contracting it through someone like Golden West, and he determined then and still believes the amount paid to Golden West is of good value.

Students, parents and community members supporting the resolution wore buttons that read, "Keep APS Safe". "It shows an affirmation of our work on the land sale". She said the resolution was about one group of students, and not really for all students.

The school board is also working to hire a search firm to find the next Superintendent. She noted other issues she wants to tackle that have been brought to her attention as she campaigned. Kevin Coles and Board President Scott Thompson said they had been hearing a lot of good things about the students and their instructor Tanna White.

A proposition to purchase three school buses passed 403-103.

"This is a great outcome tonight", he said.

The Southwestern Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $27,366,108 - a 16.22 percent increase from 2007-08. Going over the limit would require the approval of 60 percent of voters, which is not necessary with this budget.

Mallory Smith, a committee member, said the list was based on the results of a needs assessment survey completed by the Iowa Association of School Boards, which was presented at the April 27 school board meeting. People spoke and we listened.

  • Wendy Palmer