The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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March 26, 2013

Warrior Run trims 98 percent from its $1.3 million district budget

SUNBURY — TURBOTVILLE — A $1.3 million budget deficit for the 2013-2014 school year can be shaved to $21,000 through tax increases and staff reductions, Warrior Run schools Superintendent John Kurelja says.

The proposed 2013-2014 budget hinges on the school board’s approval of raising real estate taxes to the maximum 2.3 percent allowed and applying for the retirement exception, Kurelja said.

The average cost to district taxpayers would be about $100 for residents of Nothumberland County and $50 for those in Montour and Union counties, according to Kurelja.

“(Directors) haven’t made any decisions yet,” he said.

Other cost-saving measures include staffing changes, such as not filling several positions left open because of retirements, Kurelja said. The district has studied enrollment and distribution to see where this can be done most efficiently.

Kurelja recommends not replacing a middle school special education teacher and sharing a similar instructor from the high school; hiring a half-time physical education teacher to replace a retiring full-time instructor; and replacing two full-time high school math teachers with one full-timer.

“That’s where a large rate of our savings are coming from,” he said.

The cuts and shifts may not be easy, but they have meant the district hasn’t had to furlough or cut any occupied positions, he said.

“We’re really fortunate in that we won’t have to furlough,” he said. “This will allow us to make our budget numbers work.”

Warrior Run faces a potential $1 million deficit in 2014-2015, Kurelja said.

“We’re in a very difficult situation,” he said.

A final 2013-2014 budget may be approved in May.

 

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