School board members hear update on deficit

JERSEY SHORE — In the latest update on the preliminary 2019-20 budget, Ben Enders. Jersey Shore School District’s business manager told the board at their meeting Monday that as of April 22, the district is projected to have a $904,192 deficit.

Budgeted revenues are expected to be $42,145,890 with expenditures of $43,050,083. Enders indicated that the proposed budget will be presented May 13 with final approval expected in June.

The board will also vote at the May meeting to approve a one-year contract with the Nutrition Group to provide food services for the district. The contract includes an option of being renewed for up to four additional years.

Dr. Jill Wenrich, district superintendent, presented for first reading a Memo of Understanding between the district and Intermediate Unit 17. According to the MOU, the Intermediate Unit would provide the district with grantwriting services from June through August free of charge. Following that time period, the board would re-evaluate and decide if they want to continue the service at a fee.

The appointment of Mallory Myers to the position of middle school/high school guidance counselor at a rate of $67,500 effective at the beginning of the next school year was approved 5-3 by the board. Voting for the hiring of Myers were: Craig Allen, Karen Stover, Kelley Wasson, Mary Thomas and Merrill Sweitzer. Voting no were: Harry Brungard, Michelle Stemler and John Pecchia. Christopher Fravel was absent.

In other personnel items, the board approved the retirement of Marry Watts, head cook at Avis Elementary and the appointment of Dylan Leitch as a volunteer middle school boys soccer coach.

A first reading of a revised policy on graduation requirements was also introduced to the board by Wenrich.

The board indicated that the task force studying a third option for dealing with the budget deficit, other than possible school closures, should be ready to present their findings by the end of May.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 13 at the district office, 175 A & P Drive.