The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 23, 2013

Budget and contract on May school board agenda

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — The Selinsgrove school board will adopt a tentative spending plan for 2013-14 and decide whether to renew Superintendent Chad Cohrs’ contract at the next public meeting in May.

Early projections showed next year’s budget will be $38.13 million, or 6 percent above the current budget. The board already has voted to cap any potential tax increase at 2.2 percent, or 1.3 mills of real estate taxes, which would increase the average tax bill by $35.

At Monday’s public board meeting, Cohrs said the administration continues to look for ways to pare expenses. Board President Paul Spiegel Jr. said he doesn’t anticipate teacher furloughs will be necessary like last year to close the budget gap.

The board is scheduled to adopt a preliminary budget at its May 13 meeting.

Spiegel said he also expects to have a proposed contract for the board to consider by that time. Cohrs’ three-year employment agreement expires at the end of June.

Spiegel and fellow board members Larry Augustine and Todd Shimco have been meeting with Cohrs for weeks to develop a new contract. At the time of his promotion from director of curriculum and instruction to superintendent in 2010, Cohrs was encouraged to move from Milton to the Selinsgrove district. He hasn’t relocated, and Spiegel would not say if that issue will remain in the new proposal.

Cohrs is paid $120,000 a year, although he accepted only half of his scheduled 3.5 percent pay raise last year amid deep budget cuts that included eliminating teaching positions.