Here are the key takeaways from the May 9 Carlisle Area School Board meeting:
• The proposed $86.5 million budget for 2019-20 will advance to a vote May 16. It will include a 3-percent increase in the real estate tax, the maximum allowed under the Act 1 Index for Carlisle Area School District.
Budget/finance committee chairman Gerald Eby asked fellow board members to consider a tax increase slightly below the 3-percent maximum. His request was discussed but turned down by the other board members.
• The budget still includes the plan to outsource instructional aides using a tiered compensation structure. Since April 18, district administrators have adjusted the tiered structure to better account for years of service.
The adjustment will lead to a decrease in savings from the outsourcing from a projected $600,000 to $550,000. To compensate, $50,000 more will be transferred from reserves to help balance out the budget, increasing the transfer from $327,000 to $377,000.
• A recommendation to discontinue German language instruction at the middle schools is now off the table. German language instruction will be offered in some form at the Lamberton and Wilson buildings during 2019-20. The number of sections will hinge on student interest. However, it is conceivable that this proposal or something similar could be part of a future package of curriculum changes as district administrators continue to evaluate the efficiency of academic programs.