The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 24, 2014

FULL TEXT: Dr. Mark DiRocco's presentation regarding new high school


It is obvious that the current 7 acre site is not adequate for a high school site by today’s standards and does not have room for expansion and future growth.  

Misconception:  Co-use is already working for venues such as football and tennis.

Fact: The district does not have a co-use agreement with Bucknell or the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority.  We rent these facilities, we don’t share them, and both entities have been gracious in allowing us to use their venues. 

Our football team has not been able to play its complete five home game schedule for many years because Bucknell’s programs and activities often conflict with our league-established football schedule and we must secure other venues. Our football team has played home games at Mifflinburg, Milton, and Susquehanna University.  We even were relegated to hold our Homecoming game one year at Selinsgrove.  When our football team reaches the playoffs, we are not guaranteed use of the stadium for our home playoff games.

Misconception:  The auditors are warning against large expenditures and instead recommend that the district use any resources to get its operating budgets up to the levels projected in its own five-year plan.

Fact:  The auditors never made such a statement.  All of the statements attributed to the auditors were actually made by our district business manager. He wrote a management report in the audit that stated, “additional revenues must not be treated as a windfall to expand programs but as an opportunity to extend the time horizon of the five year plan.”  This quote was in reference to additional funds above fund balance that may occur after our annual audit.  He was recommending that these funds be put in reserve for one-time expenses instead of adding new staff or programs that will require on-going revenue to operate.

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