Learn more about our Secondary Campus Building Project

Looking for information about our Secondary Campus Building Project? Please visit our Building Project Website, which includes detailed financial information about that project.

2022-2023 Budet Timeline

Click here to view the 2022-2023 Budget Timeline (presented at the October 4 School Board Meeting)

Ask questions about the budget at any time by submitting a question via the form on this page. Join us for the Budget Town Hall, our annual in-depth budget presentation, on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School cafeteria.

2021 Budget Town Hall

Our 2021 Budget Town Hall was held April 26, 2021 at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School. You can view the video recording below:

2021 Budget Town Hall

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The following are specific questions submitted by the public for our 2021 Town Hall Meeting. You can view the specific information for each question by clicking the specific category below.

Question 1: ESSER Grant Money

Question:
Governor Mifflin received $2,044,294 in ESSER II funds in January 2021, and $4,134,553 in ARP ESSER allocations, for a total of $6,178,847 in funds from the state.  How does the District plan to spend this money, and when can taxpayers expect to see an update on how it is spent? Will taxpayers get to see any relief in millage increases due to this unexpected funding from the state?

Answer:
The Governor Mifflin School District received three installments of federal relief funding known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding as part of federal legislation passed in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This one-time revenue source was provided to districts to help offset costs caused by the pandemic. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) provides specific grant codes for districts to track expenditures and Governor Mifflin must provide quarterly reports to PDE regarding grant money spent. Governor Mifflin administrators will also be sharing quarterly reports regarding ESSER fund spending at school board meetings. Below, Slides 8-19 detail Governor Mifflin’s use of ESSER funding.

A more detailed explanation is also available in the video presentation above starting at the 12:20 mark.

Question 2: Secondary Campus Building Project

Question:
With the new facility and renovations, how many classrooms will be added to the middle school and high school? How many additional teachers and support staff will be needed to cover those classrooms? Are the additional classrooms being added to support Special Education? What needs have been identified?

Answer:
The secondary campus building project includes three phases, the last of which includes repurposing space within the high school and middle school to create more modern learning spaces designed to provide more collaborative and career preparatory opportunities across core subject and elective areas.

The high school and middle school renovations in Phase 1 include upgrades to restrooms, hallways, and stairwells to bring the aging buildings up to code and ADA standards. Currently, there is a section of Governor Mifflin Middle School that is only accessible by stairs, preventing any student with a disability, including students temporarily on crutches or in wheelchairs, from accessing a section of middle school classrooms. This will be addressed during the renovations.

The majority of work to the middle school and high school classrooms will be done during Phase 3, which is slated to begin in the summer of 2023. The district is currently working with the architects from The Schrader Group on the design phase of the building renovations. An overview of planning can be seen on the Building Project webpage, available on our district homepage, or by clicking here. This website is updated often as the project planning develops.

Monthly updates on the building project are presented at each School Board Work Session, typically the first Monday of the month. A schedule can be found on our School Board Agenda page. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings or view them via the live stream available for each meeting. Members of the public are also encouraged to submit questions via email or by completing this form.

Question 3: Equity Spending

Question:
How much of the 2020/21 GMSD budget (including the use of private donations or Federal, State supplementation) has been spent on Social Justice and Equity programs? This would include any new staff, consultants, materials or any other expenses incurred implementing Social Justice and Equity programs in the GMSD. How much of the 2021/22 GMSD budget (including the use of private donations or Federal, State supplementation) is projected to be spent on implementing Social Justice and Equity programs? This would include any new staff, consultants, materials or any other expenses incurred implementing Social Justice and Equity programs in the GMSD.

Answer:
Governor Mifflin has an annual budget of $310,000 for the education of faculty and staff on relevant and timely topics related to the education of our students. At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, the district will have spent $11,240 on professional learning on the topic of equity/belonging. Of that amount, $10,400 (3% of the professional development budget) will have been spent on four days of professional learning with authors Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple. An additional $840 (<1% of the district budget for books) was spent on 60 copies of the book Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation by Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple. This initial book study and development will include district administrators and teacher representatives from each of our six school buildings with the goal of creating action plans to ensure that all students in the district have access to the wide variety of opportunities GMSD provides and are supported well in their individual educational needs. The teams will also develop plans for the district and individual schools that will lead to the creation of an environment where each child, family, and staff member feels safe, welcomed, and included.

In the 2021-2022 school year, the district plans to continue this work to expand professional learning to engage the entire district staff for two days at a cost of $5,950 (4% of the professional development budget). This will once again include professional development around our district and building culture and how we can work together to improve it. There will also be an examination of best practices related to helping students access opportunities that will provide them with a solid educational foundation to better meet their individual educational needs. The ultimate goal is to shape a positive, healthy culture within all district buildings where everyone is appreciated, validated, accepted, and treated fairly.

Equity and inclusion are priority initiatives for schools across the Commonwealth as they are key tenets of Pennsylvania’s Consolidated State Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

  • Pennsylvania’s schools should be safe havens where all students – regardless of their race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability – feel safe, respected, and welcomed.
  • A positive school climate is essential for academic achievement and success.

The PA Consolidated plan also encompasses support mechanisms for Safe Schools programs, homeless and low income students, at-risk students, and English Language Learners.

You can view the full PDE Every Student Succeeds: Pennsylvania Consolidated State Plan by clicking here.

 

Review questions and answers from past Budget Town Halls

Click here to review the 2020 Budget Town Hall Meeting

Click here to review the 2019 Budget Town Hall meeting

Click here to review the 2018 Budget Town Hall meeting

Click here to review the 2017 Budget Town Hall meeting.

Next Budget Town Hall Meeting: April 27, 2022

The Budget Town Hall meeting is held annually in April. The next Budget Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School Cafeteria. 

This event provides a detailed explanation of the district finances and offers an opportunity for the public to submit questions regarding the district budget.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit budget questions at any time using the form below. These questions will receive a response directly and may be used to create a frequently asked questions section of this page.

OFFICIAL BUDGET DOCUMENTS

Official budget documents that are submitted to the state are available for public review by clicking here.

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