South board improves on budget deficit

The South Williamsport Area School Board was told during Monday night’s meeting that with additional costs added to the preliminary budget, and some staff changes to cut costs, the district is looking a $445,763 deficit for the 2014-15 school year.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm said the deficit was $463,382 in March.

In explaining how the current figure was achieved, Stamm said he had to factor in custodial increases, additional special education costs, additional computer services and increased costs on earned income, which increased the deficit to $531,431.

Stamm said the district will hire a new special education teacher, which he believes is much-needed. He also said the district will be able to eliminate half of a physical education teacher by removing physical education courses with low enrollment rates and instead focus on courses with the high enrollment rates.

He also said some teachers in the district will shift to teaching different grade levels, per their requests and interests. With the changes the board was able to save $85,668, which brought the deficit to its present amount.

In other business, the board conducted interviews for the position of the vacant Region I board member position. After interviewing three candidates, Joe Pulizzi III was approved to fill the post.

The board also reappointed Fred A. Holland as the district solicitor for the 2014-15 school year.

Christa Matalack was hired to fill the position of head girls soccer coach. She will receive a salary of $2,839.

The board also approved an agreement with Nutrition Inc., to oversee the 2014-15 school lunch program, with a 5-cent increase price.

The board also voted to dismiss Irene Ryan, LPN, for improper conduct.