School board renews Felty contract Preps for 2014-15 budget with tax cap resolution

By on December 18, 2013

By:

MICHAEL C. UPTON Record Express Correspondent

, Staff Writer

During a shorter than usual regular business meeting Tuesday, the Warwick School Board made quick work of a small agenda while continuing the contract of active assistant superintendent Dr. Robin Felty and approving initial actions for the 2014-15 school year budget.

The meeting lasted approximately 40 minutes and consisted of a reading of the treasurer’s report, approval of the payment of bills, addressing of standard personnel matters, and reports from various committees.

The board unanimously approved the contract renewal for Felty, who joined the district in 2010. She will retain her position as assistant superintendent until June 30, 2019 at a salary of $130,000. A specialist in secondary education, Felty also held positions with Ephrata Area School District, the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, and the PA Department of Education. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education, a master of education, and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration, as well as certifications as a reading specialist, a supervisor of special education, and certifications required for elementary and secondary principals. Available on the district website under Tuesday’s meeting agenda, the approved contract outlines compensation and benefits, performance standards, and other job-specific information.

As the district presses on with the continuous work that is preparation for an annual budget, the board approved the first in many state mandated measures linked to the budget approval process. On Tuesday, the board unanimously approved the ACT 1 Accelerated Budget Opt Out Resolution. As part of the Property Tax Relief Act (ACT 1), school districts statewide are required to adhere to an index defining the maximum a district may raise the real estate tax rate. With this measure, Warwick will not be able to raise taxes above the ACT 1 index. The ACT 1 index for the 2014-15 school year is 2.6 percent. In June, the final 2013-14 school year budget created a .64 mil increase in property taxes, or a millage increase of 3.45 percent, to set the total rate at 19.21; the rate created an increase of $109 on a residence appraised at $170,000. The board and district administration will now begin the fluid process of creating a 2014-15 budget for approval in June 2014.

On a more festive note, Superintendent Dr. April Hershey updated those in attendance on recent district events during her superintendent’s report.

"On behalf of the district I would just like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and happy holidays. We had an amazing concert this (past) weekend here with our high school orchestra and choirs. It was fabulous. The weather tried to have its way with us, but we outsmarted it and it worked out very well," said Hershey. "Winter sports are in full swing, basketball, wrestling, swimming, etc. It’s been a pleasure to be at those events. So, happy holidays to all of you!"

Student Representative Rebecca Goebel delivered her monthly report on campus happenings.

"The National Honor Society has had a busy year so far. In September they participated in the United Way Day of Caring, helped sort and count rubber duckies at the Schreiber Pediatric rehab center, and helped usher at back to school night," said Goebel. "In October they helped with the Warwick Education Foundation’s communities at the High Sports Complex; members also went to Moravian Manor and helped residents make fall crafts … to decorate their rooms and their doors. During November, they provided food baskets to several area families with holiday meals and also helped with a blood drive."

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