Loyalsock School Board approves to stay within index

Stressing that no plans are in the works to raise taxes for the 2019-2020 school year, the Loyalsock Township School District Board voted Wednesday to approve a resolution electing to stay within the Act 1 index set by the state if they would decide to increase taxes.

The state’s index for the district is 2.8 percent, or 0.41 mills, which according to M. Dan Egly, business manager and board secretary, would generate $310,000 in added revenue for the district. The current tax millage for the district is 14.67.

Districts throughout the state must vote early each year, prior to formulating their budget for the next school year, to either stay within the state index if they decide it’s necessary to raise taxes, or ask the state for a special exception to exceed the index.

The board voted to reappoint Egly as business manager effective July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.

In other actions, the board approved member David P. Hornberger as its treasurer by a unanimous vote. Hornberger replaced Dr. Paul R. Watson, who resigned from the board at the end of last year.

They also approved:

Members present were: Hornberger, Edward H. Ade Jr., Charles W. Edmonds, Christina L. Kiessling, Robert D. Leidhecker, John B. Raymond, Melvin E. Wentzel and Paul R. Young II.

The next board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Board Conference Room, at the District Service Center, 1605 Four Mile Drive. This is a special meeting to address student discipline matters, fill a vacancy on the School Board, and discuss other matters that may come before the Board.