WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Stalled teacher contract negotiations in the Waynesboro Area School District could lead to last-minute changes in the annual operating budget before it is approved.
The school board must approve a final budget and submit it to the state by June 30. It is considering a 1-mill property tax increase for 2012-13.
The school board wants to tie any salary increases to savings that would come from teachers contributing more to their health care coverage, board member Rita Daywalt said.
The tax increase is not connected to any possible changes in a teacher contract, Daywalt said.
“This board will not raise the (tax) millage to support salary and benefits packages, period,” she said.
However, changes to health care options must be submitted to the insurance provider by June 15. That could affect the documentation associated with budgeting, according to Business Administer Robert Walker.