Leadership and committee positions will remain the same for the Juniata Valley School Board in the new year as members held their annual reorganization meeting Wednesday evening.

After board members selected Tim McCrum as temporary chairman, Dennis Johnson was elected to remain as board president, while board member Aden Russell was selected to remain as board vice president.

For committee posts, Russell, along with board member Shelley Houck will remain as representatives for the Joint Operating Committee for the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center.

Board member Krista Reihart will also serve as representative for the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11, and Johnson will serve as a representative for the Pennsylvania School Board Association.

School board members also approved committee meetings to be held at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception of June, July, August and December, and board meetings to be held at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month.

Approval was also given for the board president, vice president, secretary and treasurer to sign general fund checks and for the president or treasurer to sign payroll checks.

Regular business was also conducted Wednesday evening, and board members approved a resolution where they would opt out of approving a preliminary budget in February.

Brad Howe, district business manager explained what that means.

“This means that we don’t plan to raise taxes above the index, which is 3.1 percent this year,” he said. “This would mean we don’t have to approve a preliminary budget in February.”

Howe also explained that preliminary budgets prepared that early are usually not accurate because there are things that could impact the budget that can’t be predict that could impact the budget.

Board members also approved:

— a letter of agreement between UPMC and the Juniata Valley School District.

— the purchase of 30 used Chromebooks and a charging station from Huntingdon Area School District at a cost of $750.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.


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