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Jersey Shore School Board mulls budget, approves resignations, hires

Jersey Shore Area School Board will decide later this month on the question of hiking real estate taxes, either by an amount that exceeds the index rate or stays within its perimeters.

Ben Enders, District business manager, suggested to the board at its meeting this week that it not go beyond the cap of 4.7%.

Enders reminded school directors that they are at the beginning of the budget season.

A spending plan must be passed by June 30.

“Our recommendation is to pass a resolution to stay within the index,” he said.

That resolution must be approved by Jan. 31 and is expected to be taken up by the board at its Jan. 24 meeting.

The present year’s budget was passed with no tax increase.

Enders noted that staying within the index does not preclude any tax millage hike.

“It means you cap how much you can raise taxes,” he said.

The board approved an agreement with Intermediate Unit 17 for special educational and related services for students.

The services will be funded through $92,340 in American Rescue Plan IDEA dollars.

The board heard a presentation from students involved with the Stuff the Bus program.

More than 17,000 protein rich and non-perishable food items were donated this year, which includes donations from different schools, as well as businesses and organizations.

In other matters, the board took action on personnel issues.

The following resignations were accepted:

• Jason P. Smith, middle school custodian.

• Angela Bertin, high school custodian.

• Matthew Heydrich, assistant varsity track and field coach.

• Ty Kanouff and Robert Fox, co-head varsity girls track and field coaches.

The following personnel were appointed to positions:

• Matthew Hartman, head girls track and field coach, $4,800 stipend.

• Frank Stetts, assistant softball coach, $2,880 stipend.

• Robin Wall, crossing guard, $13.45 per hour.

• Xavier Barlet, technology co-op student, $8.66 per hour.

• Timothy Dershem, volunteer tennis coach.

• Heidi Russel, volunteer softball coach.

The board approved a $5,000 donation from National Consumer Panels Care Program for Jersey Shore Area Elementary special education for supplies and equipment and the donation of a CAT Motion Platform base upgrade from the Jersey Shore Education Foundation for the high school.

The board approved on final readings the following policies: sabbatical leave, compensated professional leave, uncompensated leave, benefits for part-time employees, and community use of school facilities.

Polices on first readings were approved for adult education, extracurricular participation by home education students and independent study.

The board met in executive session following the meeting to consider legal and personnel issues.

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