South Middleton School District

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South Middleton School Board has tentatively scheduled a budget workshop for April 29, with a start time to be announced later.

Board member John Greenbaum suggested the special meeting as a way to focus on the budget for 2019-20 in the lead-up to the May 20 vote on its preliminary version.

Specifically, he wants district administrators to brief the board on what major changes are being proposed and what revenue and expenditures are anticipated.

The budget for 2019-20 is projected at $37.4 million and includes a real estate tax increase of 2.3 percent. The tax hike represents the maximum base index allowed under Act 1.

South Middleton has qualified for an Act 1 exception to account for an increase of about $24,000 in the district’s contribution to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System. This will mean the 2.3 percent may go up slightly beyond the maximum index.

“The budget deserves one whole discussion,” Greenbaum said. “A budget is choices. I would like to hear what those choices are.”

Fellow board member Stacey Knavel said she wants to understand the thought process administrators took in formulating the budget.

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