East Lycoming OKs tax raise

HUGHESVILLE – The East Lycoming School Board unanimously passed a $21,695,406 budget for the 2013-14 school year which raises real estate taxes to 12.05 mills – a 0.27-mill hike.

The real estate tax change will work out to be about $26 per average parcel unit, according to David Maciejewski, business manager for the district.

In other local taxes, the earned income tax will rest at 1.20 percent and the real estate transfer tax will be 0.5 percent.

Five main categories were responsible for the increase in expenditures, Maciejewski said. In order to meet federal regulations, the district will allocate $299,000 of its budget toward paying staff wages and salary, $29,000 to health insurance, $261,000 to the state School Retirement system, $150,000 toward capital project reserves and an extra $272,000 will be set in the PA School retirement system reserve.

The district accepted three resignations during the board’s Tuesday night meeting:

Elizabeth Smith has resigned as sophomore class adviser;

Michael Connor has resigned as assistant band director, both resignations are effective immediately.

J. C. Miller has resigned as head softball coach, effective since the beginning of June. However, Miller will stay on as a volunteer softball coach during the next school year.

The district also welcomed three new hires:

Christopher Kisch has been hired as a secondary special education teacher at the Hughesville Junior/ Senior High School. Kisch will receive a $46,101 per year plus benefits.

Alexis Warf has been hired as a part-time special education emotional support teacher at the high school. She will be paid $32.42 per hour and will not receive benefits.

Jennifer Buck has been hired as a secondary mathematics teacher at the high school. She will be paid $58,130 per year, in addition to co-pay benefits.