Jersey Shore OK’s no tax hike budget

JERSEY SHORE – Jersey Shore Area School Board unanimously approved a $36 million budget that includes no increase in real estate taxes.

The spending plan eliminates the per capital tax, translating to about $60,000 in lost revenues.

But with the closing of Nippenose Elementary School, the district hopes to realize much greater savings overall in expenditures.

Overall, the budget is expected to show a fund balance of $5.7 million.

The overall tax millage will remain at 15.62 for Lycoming County residents of the district.

For Clinton County residents, the millage decreases from 11.02 to 10.96.

Voting in favor of the spending plan were school directors Harry Brungard, Robert Pryor, Denise Smith, Craig Allen, Karen Stover, Harry Miller, Heather Williamson, Shelly Helm and Loren Koch.

In other matters, the board hired Harger Utility Contractors Inc. to provide football stadium drainage and regrading services at a cost of $57,000. Harger provided the low bid for the project.

The board renewed a contract with Delta Dental of Pennsylvania for the coming school year as the district’s dental insurance carrier.

Steven Keen was hired as high school assistant principal.

Keen will earn 90 percent of $85,355 under the Act 93 salary schedule.

The board voted to retain the McCormick Law as solicitor. The fee schedule is as follows: $125 per hour for attorney time, $65 per hour for paralegal services and $275 per board meeting.

In other personnel matters, Kayla Bauman and Brooke Maddox were hired as secondary English teachers. Bauman will earn an annual salary of $41,221 and Maddox an annual salary of $43,363.