The TASD School Board met on Tuesday to discuss proposals and reports concerning financial concerns for the 2019-20 school year. This meeting was preliminary and each proposed action will be voted on next Tuesday, June 18.

After reviewing the treasurer’s financial reports, budget transfer reports, the food service operating statement, tax collection report, expenditures, investment analysis report, and a report on the student activities fund, the board will review and request approval for the final adoption of the proposed 2019-20 general fund budget.

The general fund budget will reflect total revenues in the amount of $24, 116,008 with expenditures totaling $26,474,793. Additionally, the athletic budget amounts to a total of $435,106.

The tax levies on real estate in each representative section of the school district are as follows: Blair County is 6.72, or $6.72 per $1,000 assessed value, a .205 mill increase; Centre County is 26.47 mills, or $26.47 per $1,000 assessed value, an increase of .782 mills; and Huntingdon County is 46.97 mills, or $46.97 per $1,000 assessed value, a 1.439 mill increase.

Additionally, the earned income tax Act 511 is .65%, remaining unchanged from last year.

The board will also request votes to approve the 2019 Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution and vote on approval for the business office to make budget transfers due to audit reclassification after June 30, 2019 for the 2018-19 fiscal year, with a subsequent report to the board.

A vote will also be requested for the board to approve the appointment of Leslie Estep as acting superintendent, effective July 1, at a rate of $300 per day. According to an addendum to the advertised agenda, there will also be a vote to approve the agreement with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for services of detailed reference checking for the position of superintended of schools at a total cost of $3,000.

Several items will also be up for consideration by the board. Two resignations will be presented, Leah Deskevich will be resigning as the speech team adviser, and Eric Oliver will be resigning as the Jr. High Boys Soccer Head Coach. Additionally, the board will be reviewing terminations regarding the positions of assistant jr. high baseball coach, the head jr. high baseball coach, and the assistant varsity track coach.

For elections, Tiffany Johannides is up for the position of renaissance adviser and Amanda Oliver is up for the FBLA adviser.

The board will also decide whether to approve the list of field trip requests that have previously been approved by the building principal, director of curriculum and instruction, the business manager, and the superintendent of schools.

Treasurer Randy Mills presented the annual elections that will be voted on, as required by the schools code of Pennsylvania, that will cover the period of July 1 through June 30, 2020. Pending the result of the votes, the position of school dentist will remain with Dr. Robert J. Sloss at a rate of $5.00 per examination for students in Kindergarten, Grade 3, and Grade 7; the position of medical examiner will go to Gregory Kimble D.O., from the Tyrone Regional Health Network, at a cost of $8.00 per physical performed, with Dr. Jonathan Vankleunen as as team physician, representing no increase in the rates from the 2018-19 fiscal year.

A vote will also be cast to approve the health, dental, life, and vision insurance rates for the 2019-20 school year. Insurance policies for the 2019-20 school year will be through Jack M. Shuck Angency, Inc. in a total amount of $108,472. This represents an increase of $4,646 from last year.

Brian Bressler, the school board vice-president, questioned the increase by asking, “Concerning the $4,600 dollar increase, do you shop around for that.”

Business administrator John Clark responded by explaining, “This year we increased our umbrella on our total liability from 5 million to 7 million, which I felt we needed to do.” Clark continued by expanding that, “Five million dollars is not a big umbrella, so that covers most of the increase.”

Later Clark further clarified by stating, “To further answer your question, yes, we do further shop around for that.”

Additional, the board will vote to approve the 2019-20 budget for worker’s compensation, online employment application services, speech services, and the voluntary student accident insurance that will include all sports, except varsity football. The board will also vote on approving depositories for the 2019-20 school year and vote to approve human resource elections for a 7th grade English teacher and a summer camp para-professional.

Finally, there will be a vote following the requested 30 day review period prior to accepting the new material adoptions and replacement textbooks for the coming school year. For the elementary school, the board will vote to approve $363.85, which is a decrease of $46,055 from last year; for the middle school, $17.95, a decrease of $33,670.97 from last year; and for the high school, $17,136.38, a decrease of $2,055.76 from last year.

It was explained that these large decreases are due to the school board voting to front-load the costs associated with a new math program when they approved the 2018-19 budget.

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