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 Budget 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 6:00 p.m. in the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School cafeteria.

2022 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:

2022 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: School Safety & Security

Question:
What is the District allocating for school safety and security?  In what way will these funds be used?

Answer:

The Governor Mifflin School district allocated $85,023 for school safety and security. This amount includes our school resource officer, which serves all six schools, and our Raptor system which allows us to screen all visitors to our schools. The school board also recently approved the addition of several more security cameras to our buildings, totaling $50,902.

In terms of preventative measures, the district has a Student Assistance Program (SAP), social workers in each building, and uses restorative practices in the classroom to support student mental health. We also have upgraded our HVAC systems and increased school cleaning protocols to keep students safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Question 2: Millage Increases for the Community Center

Question:
We have heard that the new Community Center will not require a millage increase, but what about the operating expenses when the building opens, will millage be needed for those expenses?

Answer:

Because the building is not yet built, we cannot say with certainty whether or not a millage increase will be necessary. However, we will not be adding more district events, just changing the location of these events so additional staffing costs, if any, should be minimal.

We expect that there will be additional costs for utilities and supplies, but the district will seek to first absorb these costs within the operations budget or other areas within the budget before a millage increase.

Phase 1 of the building project was to add more efficient energy and HVAC systems to our existing building, so we will also see savings as a result of these upgrades. However, we will not be able to determine the exact savings for a full year. But these savings will limit the additional utility costs with the opening of the new building.

Question 3: Administrative Positions

Question:
Can you comment on what has driven the growth of the number of administrative positions over the last 10 years, and how our district’s administrative position count and cost compare to other similarly sized districts in PA?

Answer:
GIn the 2010-2011 school year, we had a total of 22 administrators; in 2022-2023, we have budgeted for 26 administrators. However, it is important to note that these positions are not necessarily new. Several of our positions have been moved from Act 93 support roles to Act 93 administrator roles over the years. This means that these roles are not new, but have been given additional responsibilities and elevated to administrative positions as a result.

When it comes to comparing district to district, the comparisons are not always clear. Administrative titles and the responsibilities assigned to each administrator vary across districts. However, Governor Mifflin School District has a student to administrator ratio of 168:1, which is on par with the state average of 166:1 and Wilson School District’s average of 163:1.

Question 4: COVID Funding

Question:
The full amount of COVID funds you received, how you spent it, the number of students who benefited, and how they benefited and the outcome.

Answer:
Exact breakdowns for COVID funds received are available on slides 6-13 of the above slideshow and discussed beginning at the 7:30 mark on the above video.

All 4,200 students benefited from teacher professional development, increased safety measures, increased and improved technology, and our hourly teachers. Our social workers are available for all students, but they directly interacted with 1,358 students, with 250 students receiving support. 111 suicide risk assessments were also conducted and several of these students received needed mental health care as a result.

We also used the funds to help stave off learning loss and support student education in the summer months. 1040 students were invited to Summer Success Academy with 252 attendees, Extended School Year was attended by 111 Life Skills students, 116 students participated in credit recovery, and 125 students took additional credits over the summer.

Question 5: Summer Success Academy

Question:
Registrations for the summer success academy this year is now by registration, how will that help all struggling students?

Answer:

The process for the Summer Success Academy has not changed since last year. Students are invited to register based on their reading and math scores on state standardized testing. Registration in advance is necessary to determine how many staff are needed to run the program.

While invitations are sent to specific students deemed to be in need of the program, no student is turned away and parents may request that their child attend regardless of their performance on standardized testing or in school.



Question 6: K-4 Life Skills Classroom

Question:

Why is the district moving the K-4 Life Skills Classroom to Brecknock Elementary?

Answer:

Currently, all students in grades K-4 in need of life skills courses and autistic support attend Cumru Elementary, regardless of what their “home” elementary school might be. Having all K-4 students in need of these support services in one building does not simulate a typical, real-world environment.

We are opting instead to provide autistic and life skills support at every K-4 school. This decision is not budgetary, it is to create a more inclusive environment at each of our schools.



Question 7: Secondary Building Project

Question:

Can you refresh us on the details of the new Athletic/Community Center?

Answer:

In 2017, the Governor Mifflin School Board hired The Schraeder Group to conduct an evaluation of our high school, middle school, stadium, and Education Center. After a comprehensive tour and assessment, they estimated nearly $40 million in necessary repairs and renovations, most of which would be “behind the walls” upgrades with very little to no improvements to enhance educational programming. As such, the solution of building a community center, which would house our athletic facilities, was raised, therefore freeing up those areas of our middle and high school to be renovated and utilized as educational space.

The first phase involved necessary mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades to all schools as well as other upgrades to bring restrooms and stairwells up to code and ADA standards. We are now on Phase Two of the project, the construction of the building. That construction is set to begin this spring with an estimated completion date of August 2023. After this phase is complete, we can begin Phase Three, in which our existing gym and locker room spaces in our middle and high school will be reconfigured into STEM learning spaces, additional space for our music departments, and other classrooms as needed.

Additional details of this project and financing are explained in the above video around the 1:10:00 mark or can be found here.

 

Review questions and answers from past Budget Town Halls

Click here to review the 2021 Budget Town Hall Meeting

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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