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June 10, 2014

Mifflinburg school taxes to increase 2.8 percent

MIFFLINBURG — The Mifflinburg Area School District has an approved final budget for 2014-15 of $27.4 million with a $753,000 deficit, adopted 8-0 by the school board Tuesday night.

Taxes in the district will rise to the allowed index of 2.8 percent, equaling about $30 per $125,000 of assessed real estate value, Business Manager Thomas Caruso said.

This is the third deficit budget the Mifflinburg board has approved in recent years. However, the district was able to shave about $447,000 off a $1.2 million deficit projected last month, making for the lesser number. The budget itself is a drop from the $27.6 million proposed budget approved last month.

The savings resulted from some staffing changes, Superintendent Dan Lichtel said, mainly teachers and staff who retired or resigned and whose replacements will start at a lower salary.

There will be no furloughs, Lichtel said, although he will study further changes, likely the shifting of some staff assignments or responsibilities, over the summer.

The board meetings for this school year concluded on other positive notes:

n The Mifflinburg Area Intermediate School received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics for the 2012-13 school year, honoring the school’s 92.2 school performance profile score out of a possible 100.

Lichtel shared a letter signed by Gov. Tom Corbett and Carolyn Dumaresq, acting state education secretary, noting the intermediate school scored in the “exemplary” range in its performance profile, which replaced the Average Yearly Progress reports. The school also received a banner noting its success.

n Christopher Morrison was hired as assistant high school principal. He will begin July 1 at a salary of $64,000 a year.

School board member Neil Shoreman was not at the meeting. The board will resume its monthly meetings in August.

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