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Greencastle-Antrim school board adopts $34.56 million budget

Decision to change grading system is tabled

February 04, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Greencastle-Antrim school board Thursday night unanimously adopted a proposed $34.56 million budget for 2011-12, but admitted there was work still to do.

While the preliminary spending plan was approved, Board President Joel Fridgen said the board has a long way to go before the final budget is ready to be unveiled.

"Right now we are basically going through our operations budget and that will take place over the next several months," Fridgen said. "Then renovations will be another piece of that. All that will come together by the time we get to May."

Then, the public will have a chance to comment before the final budget is approved in June.

There was concern over a 12-mill tax hike, but Fridgen said that's not possible because the district can only increase the rate by 1.6 mills under the state tax cap.

However, the district is applying to the state for a list of exceptions that, if approved, could enable them to go as high as 8.16 mills.

Also, during the meeting, the board voted to table a decision on changing the grading system for grades 3 through 12.

The grading system committee will meet again and make another proposal to the board as early as March.

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