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School District Lacking $1 Million in Revenue

by Jonathan Weaver

A lack of State subsidies has put the Armstrong School District behind when projecting for next year’s budget.

District Business Affairs Director Sam Kirk told school board directors last night that officials project to receive $30 million in basic education subsidy and construction reimbursement to balance the 2016-17 budget, but it all hasn’t been received yet.

“We’re still down about $335,000 in Basic Ed, but there’s no word right now about PlanCon. We’re due this year about $850,000 due to old PlanCon projects that we had,” Kirk said. “If that doesn’t come through this year, and the Basic Ed doesn’t change, that’s over $1 million in revenue that we anticipated not coming in.

“We’re still scrutinizing every dollar that goes out to make that money up in case it doesn’t come in,” Kirk said.

The update came just a few days before school directors are to vote whether to approve the 2015 audit.

No findings were found during the audit review, but some internal inefficiencies were noted. However, those problems were reportedly already corrected.

The school district ended up spending about $3.9 million less than what was anticipated, but received about the same amount in revenue.

The overall fund balance decreased by $1.8 million, however, and currently stands at $6.7 million.

Based on the current preliminary budget, more money from the fund balance would have to be used to balance the 2016-17 funding plan.

“I am not a believer of using the fund balance for reoccurring costs. If it’s a one-time expense, yes, but last year we used it for reoccurring costs. And if that fund balance continues to decrease, and we don’t have the savings to offset it, we’re going to have to come up with additional revenue somewhere,” Kirk said.

Kirk said last month that the $97.5 million budget will change “dramatically” before the final budget in May/June.

Kirk will watch a webinar next week of Governor Tom Wolf’s anticipated plan for education funding in 2017.

Tuesday, Gov. Wolf announced a $200 million increase to basic education funding as part of his 2016-17 budget proposal.

Kindergarten Registration/Screening Set for 2016-17 School Year

Kindergarten registration and student screening will take place on the same day and time. Parents are asked to call their child’s school to schedule a 30 minute appointment for one of the dates listed below.

Admission to kindergarten will be limited to children reaching five (5) years of age on or before August 31, 2016. Registration forms can be downloaded from the District’s Website and completed prior to registration to save time. Parents may also stop at the school to pick-up a registration packet, complete the forms, and bring them to registration. Please note, however, that official registration must be done in person. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Parents/guardians are asked to bring the following information to registration:
– An original copy of the child’s birth certificate
– The child’s immunization records
– Proof of residency with an accurate description of the location of your residence including municipality, road names, and landmarks for the purpose of planning transportation routes

Dayton Elementary 814-257-8816
March 16, 2016

Elderton Elementary 724-354-2131
March 14, 2016

Lenape Elementary 724-763-5299
March 7, 8, 9, 2016

Shannock Valley Elementary 724-783-6991
March 17, 2016

West Hills Primary 724-548-7651
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 2016