The Central Bucks Board Note
December 2019 ~ Vol. 2, No. 4
School Board Holds Reorganization Meeting
Recently elected school board directors were sworn in and seated for terms expiring in 2023. They include Sharon Collopy (Region VI), Beth Darcy (Region VII), Dana Hunter (Region II), Lorraine Sciuto-Ballasy (Region IV), Karen Smith (Region I), and Leigh Vlasblom (Region III).
Once seated, the members of the Central Bucks School District's Board of School Directors held their annual reorganization meeting. The Board voted to elect Beth Darcy as president and Tracy Suits as vice-president, each for a term of one year.
Ms. Sciuto-Ballasy represents region IV.
Ms. Darcy represents region VII.
Ms. Smith represents region I.
Proposed Preliminary Budget Presented
The preparation of the 2020-2021 school district budget is underway, and Director of Business Brian Loftus presented the proposed preliminary budget to the board, the first presentation of the budget season. The proposed preliminary budget includes no tax increase, and the administration has no plans to seek exceptions to the Act 1 index limitations, maintaining the current millage rate of 124.1 mills.
While very early in the budgeting process, the district's financial outlook, based on a number of revenue assumptions, is positive. Local tax revenues, including real estate taxes, earned income taxes, interim taxes, and transfer taxes, are all expected to be up between one and two percent. Local revenue accounts for 79% of the district's operating revenue. State and federal subsidies are also expected to increase by about the same margin. Overall, revenue is expected to increase by about 1%.
On the expenditure side, the administration is anticipating a 1.8% increase, based primarily on contractual salary increases, increases in healthcare and prescription drug costs, mandated contributions to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS), fulfillment of the district's one to one laptop initiative, and rising special education costs. A 36% decrease in the district's debt service costs, resulting from the debt defeasance approved by the board in 2018-2019, is partially offsetting expenditure cost increases.
The proposed preliminary budget for 2020-2021 currently stands at $348,581,281, an increase of 1.85% over 2019-2020. Between now and the approval of the final budget in June, the administration and school board will work together to close a $2,845,017 gap between expenditures and anticipated revenues. The Central Bucks School Board has not increased real estate taxes in six of the past seven years.
The proposed preliminary budget for the general fund of Central Bucks School District for the 2020-2021 fiscal year may be downloaded and inspected here, and is also available for public inspection at the school district administrative offices, located at 20 Welden Drive in Doylestown. It will be presented for adoption as a Preliminary Budget Proposal at a school board meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. on January 14. The preliminary budget proposal may be amended before adoption.
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Central Bucks School District
The members of the Central Bucks School District's Board of School Directors each represent one of nine regions in the district. Each region includes one or more municipality. While each region elects one school director, members represent the interests of the district as a whole once elected.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month except for February, July, August, October, November and December. In February, the board will meet on the first and fourth Tuesdays. In July and August, the board meets on the fourth Tuesday only. In October, the board will meet on the third and fifth Tuesdays. In November, the board meets on the second Tuesday only. In December, the board meets on the first Tuesday only. Meetings are held at the Central Bucks Educational Services Center at 16 Welden Drive in Doylestown. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend. Members of the public who wish to address the board prior to action items may sign up at the lectern before 7:30 p.m. Comments are limited to three minutes or less, depending on the number of speakers.
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