District OKs $66 million budget

By on June 18, 2014

Tax hike stays at 2.6 percent

Price increase approved for school lunches

Warwick School Board unanimously approved a budget for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.

The $66,104,432 plan, a slight increase from the preliminary budget approved in April, calls for a .4994 mil increase in property tax, or 2.6 percent. This sets the total millage rate at 19.7094, which remains unchanged from April’s preliminary.

“I think our district is hugely blessed with a solid team with (Superintendent April) Hershey and the team around her,” said board member and Finance and Legal Committee chair Darryl Miller. “We are in a position now where we have a strong financial district… We owe a huge debt of gratitude to (business manager Nathan) Wertsch, (former business manager) David Zerbe and Dr. Hershey.”

“The budget is not something we do lightly. It’s something we’ve been working on all year long,” said board chair Timothy Quinn.

“This budget does reflect the goals that we have for our district, our students,” added board member Nelson Peters.

No one from the public commented on the budget’s passing. The board then unanimously approved a measure to levy taxes. Real estate taxes paid on or before Aug. 31 will earn a discount of two percent. Taxes paid after Aug, 31 or before Oct. 31 will equal the billed amount. Taxes remaining unpaid as of Nov. 1 will incur a 10 percent penalty. Homeowners will continue to have the opportunity to make payments in three equal installments on the base amount of the tax bill. The installment dates are Aug. 31, Sept. 30 and Oct. 31.

Also facing an increase next year are school lunches. Base elementary and high school lunches will increase by five cents to $2.25 and $2.50 respectively. Student salads and wraps will increase by 25 cents to $3.25 and a la carte meals will also increase 25 cents to $3.50. The board commended the Food and Nutrition Service for maintaining a program continually operating with a positive budget and adhering to federal guidelines. Board member Todd Rucci congratulated the service for providing meals kids enjoy eating.

“I’ve talked with a lot of students and they appreciate it. They rave about the food, so, to be able to put that product out there at that price is a great thing for us,” said Rucci.

In other news, the board approved tenure for seven district teachers: Holly Plumb, math at the high school; Christina Moore, psychologist, and Alexxi Spicher, learning support at the middle school; Crystal Illigasch, Mathin Britnee, Bethany Mueller and Jeanine Walker at the elementary level.

Millard Eppig, Jr., as representative of the Building and Property Committee, asked the board to approve two measures.

The committee asked the board to approve the purchase of a 2015 GMC cargo van at a cost of $19,870. The purchase will include a trade-in of a 2002 Dodge van.

The committee asked the board to approve a contract with Brecknock Builders for the construction of a pole barn near the football field. The cost for the building is $95,785. Both motions were approved unanimously.

Being June, several committees did not meet during the month and provided no reports. Board member Michael Landis reported two openings for resident members on the Finance and Legal Committee. He asked interested individuals to contact the district office with resumes.

“I’d like to thank (everyone) for coming out to our June meeting. It kind of feels like our end of the year-type meeting,” said Quinn. “We will meet over the summer with regular board meetings.”

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