The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 15, 2007

Lewisburg school board adopts $23.7M budget

Real estate taxes increase 0.66 mills

LEWISBURG -- The Lewisburg school board approved a final 2007-08 budget of $23,758,410 on Thursday night. The vote was swift and unanimous, as the line items of the budget had been analyzed for months by the members.

Asked to summarize his feelings about the budget, superintendent Mark D. DiRocco said: "This was our first time working with the Act I process, and it was a bit cumbersome, in that you have to get your numbers together by the holidays. And that sometimes involves a lot of guesswork. Fortunately, Ronald Kabonick, our director of administrative services, is very experienced and made some very accurate projections."

"In many cases, budget costs exploded," he said. "For example, special education costs went up 20 percent, from $2.1 million to $2.5 million. In the end, I was pleased by what we put together. Overall, it's a good budget that meets the needs of the kids, and hopefully, does not put too much of a burden on the taxpayer."

A resolution to set tax levies was unanimously approved.

Taxes include:

n A levy of 13.06 mills -- an increase of 0.66 mills -- on real estate.

n A per capita tax of $15 on residents who are at least 18, the same as last year.

n And a tax of 1.5 percent on the earned income of district residents, also the same as last year.

Earlier in the evening, Mr. DiRocco presented board members with the Vision 2020 Plan, as established by the Vision 2020 strategic planning and steering committee.

"Tonight is all about information," Mr. DiRocco said. He then asked the board to review the goals and objectives and come back in the summer with comments. "This plan is not set in stone," he said.

The Vision 2020 Plan establishes eight goals and delineates the strategic objectives required to achieve those goals. The goals are:

n Establish an appropriate, rigorous, authentic curriculum for each student.

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