The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 18, 2014

Shikellamy board OKs 2.25-mill tax increase

SUNBURY — Property owners in the Shikellamy School District will see a 2.25-mill tax increase in 2013-14.

By a 6-3 vote Tuesday night, the school board adopted a $41.4 million general operating budget that increases the real estate millage to 83.25.

One mill will be used to fund the rising cost of district operations, and 1.25 mills will be used for debt service created by the construction of a new middle school that’s scheduled for groundbreaking in August.

Director C. Scott Karpinski said the board members and administration “have attempted to control costs through a variety of reductions that will neither affect programming or student opportunities. This year’s spending plan proposes to provide for our students the maximum opportunities while remaining affordable and cognizant of the taxpayers of the Shikellamy School District.”

The increase will mean an additional $37.35 per median assessed property, Karpinski said.

“The Shikellamy School District remains committed to providing the best possible education for our students and keeping within the budgetary constraints prescribed by law,” he said.

Voting for the budget and tax increase were Karpinski, Thomas Michaels, Michael Stepp, Dr. Jeffrey Walter, Wendy Wiest and Dr. James P. Hartman. Voting against were Kellie Cianflone, James Garman and Lori Garman.

The board also appointed Michael Egan as principal of the Priestley Elementary School in Northumberland. The resignation of Dixie Barth, the retiring former principal, was accepted last month. Egan had been a speech and language teacher.

In 2007, he acquired a principal certification from California University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master’s degree from Shippensburg University and his bachelor of science degree in speech pathology and audiology from East Stroudsburg University.

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