The Loyalsock Township School Board approved a final $26.2 million spending plan for next year that includes a 0.25 million increase on real estate taxes.
For homeowners, it will mean an additional $25 per year in property taxes for homes with an assessed value of $100,000.
However, property owners with Homestead and Farmstead exclusions will see some relief with their tax bills.
The tax hike does not exceed the Act 1 index for raising taxes.
Dan Egly, business manager, noted that the district’s 15.53 mileage rate remains the lowest among schools across the county.
Other taxes are 1.64% earned income, $5 local services, 1 mill business privilege on wholesale gross sales, and 1.5 mills business privilege on retail, service or rental gross.
The budget shows a $568,000 deficit and includes costs for a pre-kindergarten program and the hiring of a business education teacher.
In other action, the board approved the district’s participation in the Community Eligibility Provision program providing free meals for all students over the next four years.
The K-8 Ready PA Reading Curriculum was approved at a cost of $28,095. It is to be paid for through an ARP-ESSER (American Rescue Plan-Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) grant.
The board agreed to renew the services agreement with Siemens Industry, Inc., Mechanicsburg, for heating, ventilating and air conditioning control services for three years at $16,280.
The purchase of a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor vehicle for $11,000 from Muncy Township was approved.
In personnel action, the board agreed on the following personnel for positions:
• Mark Spencer, temporary employee, physics teacher.
• Joshua Haley, temporary employee, business, computers & information technology teacher.
• Douglas Sauter, full-time maintenance employee, $16 per hour.
• Shelby Laielli, middle school secretary, $13 per hour.
• Mikenah Hoffman, custodian, $13 per hour.
• Melissa Badger, supervising head cook, $20 per hour.
• Gavin Briggs, temporary summer custodial/maintenance employee, $13 per hour.
The board agreed to move its scheduled July 13 meeting to July 20.
In other matters, the board approved:
• A contribution of $6,000 to send two students to the five-week Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences 2022 summer enrichment program.
• Agreements with BLaST IU 17 for special education, IDEA, technology services, and DARTS software.
• An agreement for athletic director consulting and mentoring services with Ronald Insinger.