Board agrees not to exceed Act 1 index

The Montoursville Area School District will be limited in how much it can raise real estate taxes following action Tuesday night by the school board.

By agreeing to not exceed the state’s Act 1 index of 2.7 percent, any millage rate approved by the district cannot be more than .36 as part of balancing next year’s budget.

Superintendent Timothy S. Bowers said that the board’s action does not mean that property taxes will in fact be hiked.

“We’re not saying we will do that. We are just saying we can do that or we won’t go above that (rate),” he said.

The district’s present millage rate is 13.51.

The vote to not exceed the index was 8-0 with school directors Scott Konkle, James Bergen, William Ruffing, Jill Kaplan, Thomas McNamara, Dale Ulmer, Jennifer Marriott, and George Hagemeyer voting in favor.

In other action, the board approved contracts with Susquehanna Health, Inflection Energy and Excel Tutoring to use the football stadium scoreboard for advertising.

Susquehanna Health will pay the district $10,000 as part of a six-year agreement. Inflection Energy has a three-year, $5,000 agreement and Excel’s contract is for one-year at $1,000.

The board approved a revised policy prohibiting tobacco use in the district.

The policy bans electronic cigarettes as well as tobacco products and sets the following punitive measures – first offense, three day in-school suspension; second offense, three-day out-of-school suspension; third offense, 10-day out-of-school suspension; fourth offense, out-of-school suspension pending expulsion hearing by school board. In addition, a student can face a fine of up to $50 plus court costs.

In personnel matters, the board accepted the retirements of Mary Jo Mitchell, a first grade teacher at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, and Nicholas Altebrando, a special education teacher at C.E. McCall Middle School.

Both retirements are effective at the end of the present school year.