Tax rate up for district

The Jersey Shore Area School Board met Monday evening and voted 8-1 to approve the final budget for 2014-15. The final budget includes a tax increase of 0.366 mills for Lycoming County and 0.2562 for Clinton County. This will cost the average homeowner with a property value of $100,000 an additional $36.60 in taxes in Lycoming County and $25.62 in Clinton County.

The proposed budget originally included a milage increase of 0.4630 for Lycoming County and 0.3244 in Clinton County. The board was able to use funds from the Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion, which includes $1,142,648 in revenue from the gambling fund and $5,625 in unused revenue from 2013, which totals $1,148,273 available in exclusions. The exclusions allowed a tax reduction of $243.38 in Lycoming County and $243.59 in Clinton County.

Voting yes to approve the final budget were Craig Allen, Robert Pryor, Karen Stover, Harry Miller, Denise Smith, David Hines, Loren Koch and Kelly Wasson. Absent from the vote was Heather Williamson.

The board took a moment to honor and remember the late Bob Conroy, who served as assistant superintendent and retired three years ago.

Dan Cicala then gave the board an update on the Jersey Shore Elementary project. He showed photos of progress on D-Wing, the north entrance, parking lots, loading docks, and the installation of exterior cameras and the 4A-Wing. All 14 classrooms in 4A-Wing will soon be cleaned, locked up and finished.

Cicala explained that there are a batch of change orders pending that will cost around $89,000.

“As for scheduling goes, we are in pretty good shape,” Cicala said.

The board also approved a two-percent pay increase, as budgeted, for secretaries, printers, aides, part-time custodians, crossing guards, security police and an educational interpreter for the deaf and hearing impaired.

William Zeruth, middle school language arts teacher who has completed the required three years of satisfactory teaching and was recommended by his principal, was granted tenure.

Courtney Weidler Avis, Elementary third grade teacher, also was granted tenure after completing the required three years of satisfactory teaching and recommended by principal

The board accepted the resignation of Shawn Weaver as head wrestling coach, effective June 10.

Harvey Barnhart, Eric Eiswerth and Jodi English were appointed as summer school teachers for the 2014 high school summer school.