2013-06-13 / Front Page

Forbes Road OKs Budget

No tax increases, more positions abolished
By Jean Snyder


Last Monday evening, the Forbes Road School Board gave final approval to a 2013-14 budget that calls for no new taxes to district taxpayers. The general fund budget sets expenditures at $7,066,850 and the budget passed unanimously. The new budget represents an approximately 4 percent increase over last year’s budget of $6,765,003.

Taxes for 2013-14 remain unchanged and include: property taxes, 35.042 mills; wage and profits tax, 1 percent; per capita under Act 522, $5; occupation tax, $10; real-estate transfer tax, 1 percent; and per capita under Section 679 of the public school code, $5. The motion setting taxes passed unanimously. Forbes Road has not had a property tax increase since 2010 when taxes were hiked by 1.4 mills.

In a related matter, a resolution was adopted for property-tax allocation using gaming funds of $184,672.62 for those taxpayers who qualify for the Homestead/ Farmstead exemption. The realestate reduction amounts to approximately $194.60 per parcel. The resolution was adopted on a 6-1 vote, with Deonna Carmack voting no.

An additional motion was passed to approve moving any additional unassigned fund balance on June 30, 2013, to committed fund balance, with the amount to be determined upon completion of the fiscal year audit. The committed fund balance will be used for future payment of bond principal, interest payments, health insurance increases and retirement rate increases.

Also during the board’s financial discussion, unanimous approval was given to select Teeter Insurance Group of Altoona as the agent in charge of handling the school’s commercial insurance package.

The board also voted unanimously to hold two school board meetings per month rather than just one. According to the vote, the board will now meet on the first Monday of each month and the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

The school board met in executive session for personnel reasons for one hour prior to the start of the board meeting. During the regular meeting, board members dealt with several personnel matters, including a motion for “reasons of economy and efficiency” to eliminate three paraprofessional positions effective immediately and to furlough three paraprofessionals, Kara Snyder, Vicki Miller and Melissa Henry. Two cafeteria positions were eliminated and Deb Oliver and Christine Zeger were furloughed. The board instructed the superintendent to provide formal written notice to the affected individuals.

The board also acknowledged the conclusion of the one-year assignment of Danielle Suders and directed the superintendent to provide written notice to Suders that the board acknowledged her conclusion of her employment term.

In other personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Mitch Persun as vo-ag instructor effective in 60 days. Terri Rader was appointed dean of elementary students.

The board accepted Byron Helsel’s resignation from the Tuscarora IU board and elected Merrill Arnold to fill Helsel’s unexpired term on that board.

The board accepted the resignation of Heidi O’Neal as assistant varsity softball coach and hired Brittney Shaffer as junior high girls basketball coach at a Year 1 salary of $1,700.

Under miscellaneous agenda items, the board approved a request from the band front to use the parking lot for practice every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A request from Sue Truax to use her classroom three days each month during the summer to work with students on quilting projects was also approved.

A band camp to be held from July 22-26 was approved. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with students supplying their own lunches. It was noted that if enough students attend, they would participate in the BenK 5K run and the Wells Tannery homecoming parade on July 27.

A request from Trent Black to use the gyms this summer for junior high boys basketball recreation was approved.

The board adopted the English curriculum as presented as well as the seventh-grade geography textbook and 7-12 grade math textbook as presented.

It was decided that the board will meet in July only if needed, but will meet on August 5, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

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