Tax hike looms in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Area School Board this week approved what will amount to a $48 tax hike for every $100,000 of a home’s assessed value to support the district’s proposed general fund budget for 2017-18.

The action raises school property taxes there by 0.48 of a mill, bringing the total tax rate to 14.86 mills. The increase is within the limits of the district’s Act 1 tax index.

The proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year is $16,283,089, a 2 percent increase over this year’s budget of $15,963,652. According to district business manager Grant Evangelisti, the increase was mainly due to the PA State Employment Retirement System (PSERS) costs.

The board will vote on the final budget at its June meeting.

Joseph Stoudt, junior-senior high school principal, told the board that 1995 graduate Ronald Fink will be the featured speaker at commencement, which is set for 7 p.m. June 9 at the Montgomery Area Community Center. Fink practices law with Mette, Evans & Woodside in Williamsport.

The board approved three requests for usage of district facilities: American Legion Post 251, to use the auditorium in the event of inclement weather for its Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. May 29; for head varsity football coach Paul Bozella to host a youth football camp for grades one to seven at the community center July 10-12; and for a basketball training camp, also at the community center, set for June 19-23 and July 17-21.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the following coaches for 2017-18: Bozella, varsity head football coach, $4,275; Dale Shaffer, assistant varsity football coach, $3,055; Matt Buck, and Nate Hakes, assistant varsity football coaches, $2,675 each; Tony Wright, assistant varsity football coach, volunteer; Tim Thomas, Robert Kibbe and Tim Pentz, assistant varsity football volunteers;

Ty Drick, junior high football coach, $2,298; Zach Sauers, assistant junior high football, $729; Tim Berry, assistant junior high football, $667; Brad Tupper, assistant junior high football, $729; Brian Pick and Chris Angelini, assistant junior high football volunteers; John Cloud, head golf coach, $2,950; Jeff Deisher, assistant golf coach, volunteer;

Chip Deem, head varsity girls tennis coach, $4,368; Tanya Deem, assistant varsity girls tennis coach, $2,803; Dakkota Deem and Julie Deem, assistant varsity girls tennis coaches, volunteers; Jenn Mowrey, head cheerleading coach, $2,650;

Glenn Trick, head varsity girls basketball coach, $4,000; Katie Scarborough, assistant varsity girls basketball coach, $2,500; Brad Laidacker, eighth-grade girls basketball coach, $2,298; Keely Laidacker, seventh-grade girls basketball coach, $2,000; and Melissa Balliet, head varsity girls soccer coach, $4,000.

• Accepted the resignations of Patrician Doebler, special education paraprofessional and Connor Hunter, secondary math teacher.

District Superintendent Daphne Bowers announced that there will be a special board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom to discuss change orders for the district’s construction project.

The next regular meeting of the board will be at 7 p.m. June 20.