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School district OKs no tax increase

Homeowners in the Loyalsock Township School District will have another year with no increase in property taxes after the school board approved their final 2020-21 budget keeping real estate taxes at their current rate.

As it stands, the millage of 14.67 translates to homeowners paying $1,467 per $100,000 of a property’s assessed value. The earned income rate of 1.65 per cent, of which 1.15 percent goes to the school district and the other .50 percent goes to the township, as well as the $5 local services tax, the business privilege taxes of 1 mill for wholesale gross sales and the 1.5 mill for retail, service or rental gross all remained the same for the upcoming fiscal year.

As the district looks ahead to the fall, the Loyalsock Township School Board approved Gerald McLaughlin superintendent, as the district’s pandemic coordinator. The vote came as the board met Wednesday evening.

The pandemic coordinator is responsible for heath and safety preparedness and response planning for the district. This can include, but is not limited to, the implementation of a phased school reopening health and safety plan and a health and safety plan for athletics.

The state’s department of education had recently released guidance for districts in moving toward reopening schools in the fall. Appointing a pandemic coordinator was part of the guidance.

In conjunction with this, the board also approved an athletic health and safety plan so athletics can return after the shutdown.

In other business, the board approved the special education plan that runs from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023. The also gave the okay to a special education agreement and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) agreement with BLaST Intermediate Unit 17.

Other action items approved by the board included:

• Procurement plan for child nutrition programs.

• Authorizing the administration to file a list of subsidies, federal programs applications and grant application for the 2020-21 school year.

• A Homestead and Formatted Exclusion Resolution for the upcoming school year.

• Approving the award of athletic bids.

• The Lycoming Career & Technology Center budget for 2020-21.

• The sale of a 72-passenger bus for $2,150.

• The purchase of a 2011 Ford F-550 T-Tag truck from the township supervisors for $30,000.

• An agreement between the district and Blend Rick, Allenwood for contracted transportation services for the upcoming school year.

• A change order for the facility improvement project for security entrances at a cost of $47,550.

• The Township Recreation Budget of $19,035 from the Loyalsock Township Recreation Board for programs during the upcoming school year.

The board also OKd keeping athletic ticket prices and breakfast and lunch meal prices at their current amounts.

The next meeting of the board will be at 7 p.m. July 29 at the board conference room, 1605 Four Mile Drive.

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