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No tax increase in Muncy schools’ 2022-23 budget

Property owners in the Muncy School District will not see an increase in property taxes if the proposed final budget passed by the school board this week doesn’t change before it’s final approval next month.

The tax rate written in the budget can be changed up until final approval, but Dr. Craig Skaluba, superintendent, indicated that was not likely to happen.

The proposed 2022-23 real estate tax rate reflects no change from the current tax rate of 16.72 mills. Other tax rates, which also remain unchanged, are the earned income tax rate, 1.25%; real estate transfer tax, .5%; and local services, $5.

The board approved the following agreements: Keystone College 2022-23 dual enrollment agreement; BLaST IU 17 2022-2023 eQUIP online learning services, $620 to $700 per course for grades 6 through 12 and $3,200 annual tuition for K-5 students; BLaST IU 17 2022-23 DaRTS software agreement, $2,500 per year plus $175 per user; Siemens Industry Inc., three-year elementary school fire monitoring service, $440 with a $10 increase each year; Siemens Industry Inc., three-year high school emergency phone monitoring service, $350 with a $10 increase each year; Richard P. Snodgrass & Co., three-year auditing services, $20,000 for the first year, $18,000 to $20,000 for the second, and $18,000 for the third.

Action on a three-year renewal transportation contract with Susquehanna Transit was tabled until next month.

Under personnel, the board approved the following for extended day programs and/or community events: teachers, Kim Price, Maura Sleboda, John Tewksbury, Rae Pitchford, Anne Johnson, Jesica Kerstetter, Amanda Hogan, Amy Rosenbaum, Kristi Alexander, Kristy Rosario, Megan Morgan, Kristen Fry, Stacy Williams, Faith Leonard, Matthew Alexander, Zach Wallace, Karen Worth and Sherri Doebler. All teachers are at the collective bargaining agreement rate of $30 per hour.

Approved as tutors were Joelyn Neidig and Meg Hoffman at the applicable hourly rate.

Crystal Edkin was approved as a substitute teacher for the elementary summer program.

They also approved the following personnel items:

• Wendy Ripley, psychologist, $14 per hour.

• James Williams and Courtney Taylor, substitute teachers for the elementary summer program.

• Sonya Johnson and Betsy Dieterle, paraprofessionals to be paid at their established hourly rate for up to 54 hours for the elementary summer program.

• Heather Peters, to assist with technology maintenance efforts during the summer.

• Anita Smith, food service substitute, $10 per hour.

• Karla Grunden and Ann Bieber, custodial.

• Coaching appointments: Phil Aiken, weight room supervisor; Ben Murray, assistant junior high football, fall 2022; and Tiffany Boyles, junior high cheerleading head coach, fall 2022.

The board accepted the resignation of Sophia Budd, food service worker.

Action was tabled until next month on the following: Consolidated Grant Coordinator/Liaison, Kim Hamilton 242 hours and Parent/Community Coordinator, Faith Leonard 104 hours. Both positions would be at the collective bargaining agreement rate.

Other action items included: a contribution in the amount of $6,550.00 to the Muncy Community Action Program (CAP); and agreements with Port Elevator Inc. for Elementary Elevator Service at a cost of $1,824.00 Port Elevator Inc. and High School Elevator Service at $2,100.00.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m., June 20 at the Muncy Jr./Sr. High School Media Center, 200 West Penn St.

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