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Pottstown School Board adopts $62.2M budget with no tax hike, Mercury 5/24/17

By Evan Brandt

For the third consecutive year, the Pottstown School Board has adopted a preliminary budget that will not raise real estate taxes.

The unanimous vote came Monday night after Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez reported that he and board members Kim Stilwell, Emanuel Wilkerson and Ron Williams were joined by several students in Harrisburg that day lobbying state legislators for fairer funding for Pottstown schools.

The $62,201,819 preliminary budget was adopted with little to idea of what Harrisburg will provide in terms of funding.

Last week, state Sen. Robert Mensch, R-24th Dist., told the audience at an Upper Pottsgrove Township Commissioners meeting that with a $3 billion gap between revenues and expenses, this is one of the most difficult state budget scenarios Pennsylvania has ever faced.

The Pottstown schools budget has its own gap between revenues and expenses — just under $750,000 — which the administration has recommended closing with the use of money out of the reserve set aside for increasing pension payments.

Although the budget does not raises taxes, it does represent a 4.15 percent increase in spending over the current year’s budget

On Thursday, board member Thomas Hylton warned that although holding the line on taxes is good news, increased spending could put the district is still on a path toward financial instability.

“Spending is increasing at twice the rate of inflation, which is more than this community can afford,” Hylton said. “We should not be raising our hands up about no tax hike.”

However some of that spending — just over 9 percent of expenditures — is actually funded by grants and does not come from the local taxpayers, according to the “letter of transmittal” business manager Linda Adams sent to the board on May 11.

The final budget must be adopted before the end of June, after it has been duly advertised and available for public inspection.  

SPORTS PHYSICALS

Sport physicals will be held on the following dates for students entering grades 7th through 12th. Physicals will be held in the high school gymnasium starting at 3:30. Costs of physicals are $10.

If paying by check, please make checks out to Pottstown School District.


Physical Dates:

June 5th for students entering grades 11 and 12

June 6th for students entering grades 9 and 10

June 7th for students entering grades 7 and 8

All physicals must be dated after June 1, 2017 in order to participate in any sport during the 2017/18 school year!

One completed physical is good for the entire 2017/18 school year!

Physical packets can be found on the district website under activities or the main office of both the High School and Middle School.  

Immunize...In 2017 It's the Rule for Back to School!


PA Law mandates that every child K-12 be immunized on the 1st day of school.

Vaccination Requirements
  

Superintendent's Forum: Why Are My Taxes So High and What Can I Do About It


All members of the Public are invited to attend:


Presentations of Education Funding Issues

Followed by Public Questions and Answers

Local State Legislators have been invited!


Featured Speakers:


Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg, Public Interest Law Center

Shirlee Howe, Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Stephen Rodriguez, Superintendent & Host   

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: Pottstown High School Auditorium
 
Click HERE for flier.
 

IMPORTANT 2016-17 Calendar Information

Graduation is June 8, 2017.

The last student day is June 12, 2017 with an early dismissal:
PMS = 10:15 am
PHS = 10:30 am
Elementary = 10:55 am
Modified Pre-K:
8:40-9:40 am
9:55-10:55 am  

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