Emphasis on Long-Term Planning
At a work meeting on August 13, 2012, the superintendent and business manager delivered a District Focus presentation to the Board of School Directors.
The presentation included discussion of the economic and academic challenges that the district is facing. Dr. Bulinski and Mr. Naylon emphasized the a multi-year approach to budget planning and academic changes is necessary to ensure the integrity of the district's programs into the future.
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At a work meeting on September 10, district administrators presented to the board a series of planning considerations for 2012 and beyond. Mrs. Kristine Rosenberger, director of curriculum and instruction, outlined ideas for changes aimed at improving the secondary academic programs. The business manager discussed the district's operational expenditures and potential areas for savings.
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District administrators presented the board with information on furlough procedures, financing future budgets and the athletics outlook during a board meeting on October 15.Human resources director Todd Stitzel noted that furlough procedures have not changed since last year, with the exception of PDE's approval notification method. Business manager Mark Naylon stressed the importance of budgeting in long-term increments and showed the board what impact a cumulative $2 million, $3 million and $4 million tax increase over four years could have on school programs and property owners.
Athletics director Pat Tulley gave an overview of the district's entire athletic program and estimated the impact of reducing the athletics budget. A best-case scenario would involve increase in revenue through ticket prices, corporate sponsorships and activities fees; at worst, the entire junior high sports team would be eliminated.
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On November 5, Mrs. Rosenberger and principals from GMMS and GMHS provided further justification for the need to realign science and social studies programs, modify the daily class schedule and establish a ninth grade academy. The administrative team will return to the board in December with specific recommendations and requests for board action.
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On March 4, Mr. Naylon updated the board on the projected long-term deficit and tax millage scenarios. Naylon also discussed the possible impact of a new retirement contribution rate schedule currently under review at the state level.\
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