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

The School Board voted 6-1 to adopt the budget following Monday's meeting of the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center board.

Finance Director Kelly Johnson Coon said a 2 percent pay increase for employees approved by the board earlier this year will cost about $2 million.

More than $1 million of the increased spending is due to personnel costs, which comprise nearly 65 percent of the budget. Also approved were a series of four propositions including a now upcoming capital project as well as the purchase of buses, land and the removal of money from the district's transportation reserve and the establishment of a new transportation reserve.

Voters also elected Amy Moselhi and Paul Warhit to the Board of Education, They will serve five-year terms on the school board from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022. Heather Welch received 694 votes; Alan Barone drew 67.

Aurora school board member Cathy Wildman said Aurora already has enough policies creating safe schools by prohibiting discrimination.

In the highly contested race for the Williamsville Central School Board - where seven candidates were vying for election - the winners are Kurt Venator, Susan McClary and Philip Meyer, respectively garnering 2,025, 1,887, and 1,873 votes. Of the three candidates vying for the school board's two open seats, Jennifer Olson and Tom Frederes were declared the winners, with 221 and 211 votes, respectively. The propositions passed as well: Expend from capital reserve for bus, 106-32; Establish capital reserve for bus, 103-35; Establish capital reserve for building and grounds, 108-35.

The Library Budget significantly exceeds the tax cap.




District officials have said the project - largely thanks to a high state reimbursement rate - will result in "no increase" in local taxes. The school's budget for the 2017-18 school year. The new price will be $2.80, which amounts to a $9 per student yearly increase.

LeRoy has a budget of 24 and a half-million dollars, a tax levy increase of 5 and a half percent. "We're going to have to go out for a revote and really communicate to the public that this is our annual budget and it has nothing to do with the capital project".

Lyndonville also had three other propositions on the budget vote. The district's Chromebook program will also be expanded, providing more than 2,500 new mobile devices to students.

The Randolph Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $20,294,455 - a 19.20 percent increase from 2007-08.

Safety and security improvements include providing security vestibules at the elementary and middle-high schools, providing impact-resistant film on non-tempered interior doors and windows, installing bullet-resistant film on first floor exterior doors and windows, installing aisle lighting at the middle-high school auditorium, replacing the railing at the middle-high school auditorium balcony, providing stairs at the side of the district office, and reconstructing original toilet rooms at the elementary school for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. However, school board members ultimately voted to not make it up due to still having the adequate number of required instruction days without making it up.

The second phase of a long-term plan to renovate and upgrade district schools will turn the attention to elementary schools.

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