The Jersey Shore Area School Board reviewed next year’s budget numbers this week, revealing a projected shortfall of $1.5 million.
District business manager Ben Enders noted that spending is up from the current year and will include the addition of five new teachers, two of whom have already been hired.
Salaries and benefits, which are expected to increase by about $1.1 million over the next year, make up about 70% of the budget.
The budget shows total revenues of $43.3 million against expenses of $44.8 million.
A property tax increase is not included in the budget at this time, Enders said.
Property owners in Lycoming County and Clinton County have not faced an increase in tax mileage this year.
Enders noted that the district fund balance, which could be used to help
balanced budget, amounts to $5.25 million.
Robert Pryor of Mifflin Township questioned the hiring of teachers.
“Why are we adding positions when the student population is declining? » He asked. “You have to work with what you have.”
The council will review the budget next month. The deadline for adopting a final spending plan is June 30.
In other areas, the board approved an amendment to the initial guaranteed savings agreement with SitelogIQ Energy Services, Inc. for the $2.5 million middle and high school heating and cooling system project. of dollars.
Work on the project is expected to begin at the end of the school year. Part of the costs must be covered by ESSER funding.
The new system is expected to save the school district at least $380,000 in energy costs over the next 20 years.
The board approved the purchase of two floor scrubbers from Clarkson Chemical at a cost of $137,814.
An unspecified donation amount from the Jill Snyder Estate for scholarships has been approved by school principals.
The Board approved the following personnel items:
• Hiring Dorothy Mussington as a technology intern at $9.75 an hour.
• Letters of resignation from Thomas Heffner, college paraprofessional, and Steve Conway, chief security guard.
• Abbie Fisher as Secretary of the High School Guidance Office for 10 months at $32,263 (pro-rated) for the current school year.
The board met in executive session to consider legal and personnel matters.