The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

March 13, 2014

Lewisburg school board OKs SUN Tech budget

— LEWISBURG — The Lewisburg school board approved SUN Area Technical Institute’s 2014-15 budget of $6.2 million during Thursday night’s meeting.

The figure represents an increase of about $19,000 over this year’s budget, mostly due to Public School Employees’ Retirement System mandated retirement commitments and health insurance, Lewisburg board member Mary K. Brouse said.

Training for some of SUN Tech’s teachers also requires travel that is more expensive than typical public school training requires, she said.

While other school districts wrestle over the SUN Tech budget numbers and whether to approve the proposal, Lewisburg board members were required to vote independently of other districts, deciding on their own whether the budget was fair.

“I’m sure that there will be some attempts to trim the budget,” Brouse said before the vote.

Earlier in the meeting, Superintendent Mark DiRocco noted that “we continue to make adjustments in the district budget as more information becomes available to us. We will have an update for the board at the March 27 meeting. The estimated deficit is currently hovering in the $200,000 range.”

DiRocco also reported on a trip that he and some board members made to Bucknell University’s Academic West building on March 3. The purpose was to soak up some of the ideas used by the university’s designers, which could be used in the design of the new high school.

He said: “Over the next few months, you’ll need to make some key decisions about what the high school is going to look like, both the exterior and interior. What kind of roofing will we get? What kind of flooring? As we get closer to putting the construction out for bid, this board will have to work closely with our architects.”

DiRocco reported that the Pennsylvania Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management completed an audit of the food service program in early March. “We received a very favorable report,” he said, congratulating Food Service Director Kevin Oswald.

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