Waynesboro school board to use fund balance for projects

April 17, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Changes are being made to the Waynesboro Area School District’s financial plans, in large part to pay for one-time expenses that include facilities improvements.

The school board on Tuesday voted to adjust earmarks in its fund balance, which is similar to a savings account.

The board decided to stop planning to use the fund balance for upcoming Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System increases. Instead, it decided to focus on expenses that would not be recurring.

The board created a new list of items to be paid for from the fund balance. On it were:
• $50,000 for legal services
• $100,000 for paving
• $75,000 for maintenance equipment, including a box truck and mower
• $50,000 for cafeteria tables at Fairview and Summitview elementary schools
• $40,000 for cafeteria flooring at Fairview Elementary School
• $50,000 for carpeting at Fairview Elementary School
• $350,000 for computer hardware and software

Also coming out of fund balance is $113,185 for removing a debris pile between the middle and high schools. The board has awarded a contract for that work to David H. Martin Excavating of Chambersburg, Pa.

The rock and other debris will be removed, then the area will be leveled and seeded for an athletic field.

David H. Martin Excavating wrote in bid documents it can complete the work by April 30.

“They have substantial equipment and manpower,” Board President Ed Wilson said.

Some board members, including Rita Daywalt, said they would have preferred to contract with a Waynesboro company for the debris pile work. But David H. Martin Excavating was the lowest bidder for the project.

Business Administrator Robert Walker told The Herald-Mail last week the district has about $5 million in its fund balance.

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