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Waynesboro Area School District budget shows early shortfall

March 26, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board reviewed its proposed 2013-14 budget on Tuesday.

The first draft of the $49.7 million spending plan includes a budget shortfall of $832,765.

“Our goal now is how do we get rid of the $832,000,” said Thomas Dick, business administrator.

Dick said revenues would be $48.9 million without a property tax increase.

Board member Ed Wilson asked Dick if he thought he could balance the budget without a tax increase. Dick responded that he feels he could but with some challenges. He said he will present various options.

Savings can come through retirements and changes to career center, cyber charter school and medical insurance funding, Dick said.

Under a state index, the maximum amount by which the school board could raise taxes for 2013-14 is 2.2 percent.

The district should have about $2.8 million in its fund balance, which is essentially a savings account, at the end of the year, Dick said.

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Board member Bonnie Bachtell cautioned against drawing down that fund. She said enrollment will be increasing.

“Some of our buildings now are bulging at the seams. ... We need to think about new classrooms,” Bachtell said.

Board President Chris Lind said he expects the board will be hiring an architect within the next year to develop plans for more classrooms at Hooverville Elementary School and Waynesboro Area Middle School.

Dick also provided the board with three-year budget projections, which show expenditures increasing to $54.2 million by 2016-17.

The school board must approve a final budget by June 30.

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