School Board Meeting Highlights
National History Day Recognition
Principal Jim Moniz recognized three PHS students who won first or second place at the State National History Day competition. They will move on to the National Competition.
- Magdalena Gareca (Maggie)-second place for individual documentary
- Ankhitha Manjunatha and Akshatha Manjunatha (Anki and Pinki)-first place for group website
Student Representative to the School Board
Aryaman Khandelwal was recognized for being the 2017-18 School Board Student Representative and giving a monthly report about all that is happening in the schools this year. He was recently recognized as a Presidential Scholar - one of only three in Pennsylvania - by the U.S. Department of Education.
Proposed 2018-19 Final Budget Presentation
The 2018-19 budget package has been prepared at a mill rate of 15.42 mills or a 1.92% millage increase, meets the PDE requirements under Act 1 and is a balanced budget.
John Vignone reviewed two documents. One is an internal document that is simpler and easier to read. The other document is the state template budget document that ultimately gets sent to the state department once approved. Both contain similar information.
Mr. Sniscak thanked Mr. Vignone for his review of the budget throughout the year. He then read this statement:
The 2018-2019 Proposed General Fund Budget expenditures are in the amount of $179,349,218 representing a 4.07% increase of 2017-18 expenditures. Please Note: A $500,000 transfer to the Capital Reserve Fund is included in the 2018-19 General Fund Budget. A “Fund Transfer” is not an expenditure of funds but must be budgeted in an expenditure line in the 2018-19 General Fund Budget so the Fund Transfer can be made in the appropriate manner. If we removed the $500,000 Transfer from the expenditure side of the 2018-19 General Fund Budget, the expenditure increase would be 3.78%, which is a more accurate budget-to-budget comparison.
The allowable tax increase is determined by the Act 1 Index calculated by the state (2.4%), which establishes Parkland’s 2018-19 maximum mill rate of 15.49 mills or a 2.4% millage increase. For comparison purposes, last year’s final millage increase was 0.28 or 1.89%.
We will appropriate $6.5M of Fund Balance to balance the 2018-19 General Fund Budget plus appropriate an additional $500,000 of Fund Balance for a transfer to the Capital Reserve Fund for a total Fund Balance appropriation of $7M. By this action, the Board will offset the need to levy taxes by approximately .89 mills.
This budget package has been prepared at a mill rate of 15.42 mills or a 1.92% millage increase, meets the PDE requirements under Act 1 and is a balanced budget.
The proposed final budget was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors in attendance.