School board votes on budget, possible tax hike

JERSEY SHORE -The Jersey Shore Area School board met Monday night and voted to approve the final general fund budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2014 to June, 30 2015. The budget includes a tax increase of 2.96 percent for Lycoming County residents and a 2.95 percent increase for Clinton County residents.

Business manager Adrienne Craig told the board that changes still can be made to the budget, but by approving the proposed final budget they will not be able to raise taxes any higher. The board will vote on the final budget in June.

The board also approved about $97,000 in change orders for the Jersey Shore Elementary project. TurnKey Electric Inc., was awarded a contract $3,527 to provide labor and materials to add electrical for mat hoist added to the gym, to change elevator pit lights and add additional lights per code requirements of the elevator inspector and to supply power and receptacles to four locations for water coolers. Eci Construction, LLC was awarded a contract $51,355 to provide labor and materials to change from mechanically fastened to fully adhered roofing system, $2,959 to electrify door B226B for a card reader as requested by the owner, $6,249 for additional steel support for added mat hoist and $29,149 for Keystone retaining wall. Jay R. Reynolds was awarded $3,603 to provide material and labor to replace pipe insulation that was abated due to asbestos.

The board approved the IDEA Agreement with Intermediate Unit No. 17 for the 2014-2015 school year. Intermediate unit agrees to administer federal special education funds in accordance with IDEA regulations and pass through funds to the school district to supplement Special Education services. The estimated IDEA funds for Jersey Shore Area School District for 2014-15 total $440,926.

In other business:

The board accepted a letter of retirement from Kay Sulikoski, waiving the March 1, 2014, notification deadline, Jersey Shore Elementary reading specialist with 15 years of service, effective the last day of the 2013-14 school year.

It also revised Matt O’Brien’s request to resign as head baseball coach effective March 24, 2014, to include being added as a volunteer coach for the remainder of the season.

Jeremy Black was appointed to the computer repair/network specialist position at 90 percent of the published salary of $40,377.00 – $36,339.30 – with benefits, effective May 12, 2014.