The Northern Tioga School District is looking to cut their district pre-k program.
The beginning deficit for the district in March was $777,858.00. The current deficit after additional updates is $762,644.00.
To compensate for the deficit, the administration has proposed the following: reallocate Pre-K funds, curtail the computer science program at Cowanesque Valley High School, do not fill the vacant special education teacher position, continue to fund equipment ($168,322.00) from carryover funds and technology projects from technology reserve ($82,180.00), and raise taxes to the Act 1 Index of 3.4% ($297,766.00 additional monies).
Impact statements and position changes were also considered and the following items have been proposed: increase the part-time custodian at Cowanesque Valley High School to full-time (cost of $40,536.00 with family insurance coverage), add one full-time custodian at Williamson High School (cost of $69,244.00 with family insurance coverage), add seasonal grounds workers (fund from reserve account as a pilot program), and change the full-time administrative assistant position to part-time (savings of $56,050.00).
This would leave the district with a remaining deficit of $59,439.00. The next steps are for the Board to adopt the proposed final budget on May 13, 2019 and to adopt the final budget on June 12, 2019.
Currently they are increasing spending on custodian positions by taking one from part time to full time, and adding another full time position. They are also planning on spending extra reserves on new equipment if available.
The board voted to approve the budget with those cuts in pre-k, computer science, and special ed, and increases in custodians and equipment. They have one more vote to finalize all of this.
The vote on the final budget will be June 12 at 7 p.m.