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Montoursville Area School Board passes budget

By a unanimous vote, the Montoursville Area School Board approved the 2021-22 budget with no tax increase to district property owners. In conjunction with this, the board approved a tax levy resolution sets real estate taxes at the current rate of 16.23 mills, an earned income tax of 1.15 percent and a realty transfer tax of .5 of 1 percent.

Budget figures for the upcoming fiscal year show a deficit of $489,255 which will be covered by using monies from the unassigned fund balance. Brandy Smith, board manager and secretary, told the board that as of June 30, 2022, the district will have $3.3 million in the unassigned fund balance category.

In other agenda items, the board approved agreements between the district and BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 for the 2021-22 IDEA, DaRTS software and technology services.

The contract between the district and the Nutrition Group was renewed for the upcoming school year to provide food services to district students. Approval was also given to offer a summer KinderCamp at both Lyter and Loyalsock Valley Elementary schools. All costs for the program will be covered by Faith United Methodist Church.

The board approved no increase to the 2021-22 school lunch prices as required under the “Equity in School Lunch Pricing” provisions of the Hunger Free Kids Act. School lunches will remain free for the upcoming school year, but the purchase of additional lunches will cost $2.60 for elementary schools and $2.75 for the middle and high schools.

Other items approved were:

• A letter of engagement presented by Larson, Kellett & Associates, P.C. that summarized the significant terms and conditions of the annual financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2021.

• The law firm of Levin Legal Group to become the district solicitor.

• AMTrust North America to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage at a total cost of $62,154 for a policy for the next fiscal year. The premium for the current year was $62,604.

• An agreement between the district, the borough police and the Montoursville State Police.

• An amendment to the MASD Administrative Compensation Plan Amendment for 2020-21. Board member Ron Snell voted against this.

• Adoption of the Emergency Procedures Manual.

• The appointments of vice president Dottie Mathers and Smith as voting delegates for the 2021-22 PSBA Delegate Assembly meeting.

• Nomination of Jennifer Marriott as treasurer for the upcoming school year.

The board accepted the resignations of Mike Mussina as head basketball coach, effective May 7 and Matthew Fortin, paraprofessional, effective June 10.

Bella Masias was approved as girls’ soccer volunteer manager and Kirsten O’Malley as girls’ soccer volunteer coach.

The following extracurricular activity advisors for the 2020-21 school years and their stipends were approved: Deb Taylor, art department chair, $468; Cindy Wentzler, freshman class advisor, $221; and Morgan Fenstermacher, sophomore class advisor, $221.

Under transportation items, the board approved: Promiseland Busing rates in the amounts of $2,581 and $2,375 for May 2021; James Campbell to provide student transportation for inter-district trips at a cost of $100 per round trip with field trips and extracurricular transportation calculated at a rate of $3.45 per mile with a minimum $200 per trip and trips lasting longer than four hours will incur and additional hourly rate of $30 per hour; and Koser Busing to provide transportation at at $330 per day for high school students enrolled in the Health Science course to travel to onsite learning labs at Geisinger Medical Center.

The 2021 Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution was given the okay by the board.

Bids of $19,632 for paper supplies and $32,862 for athletic supplies and equipment were approved.

Board members present were: Mathers, Snell, Susan Beery, Marriott, David Shimmel, Daniel Albert and William Ruffing. Absent were Scott Konkle and Dale Ulmer.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. June 22 at McCall Middle School, 600 Willow St.

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