Mohawk High School

A $25.8 million budget with no tax increase was passed this week by the Mohawk Area School Board.

Property taxes will remain at 14.37 mills.

The plan includes a $1,011.737 deficit, which will be balanced from the district's $8.4 million fund balance.

The board voted 7-1 to approve the budget with board member Mark Solley opposing and Stephen Cardella absent. When the budget was introduced last month, Solley said he opposed the budget due to the deficit.

Business manager/board secretary Kimberly Eaton said the $25,782,271 spending plan projects that expenses will be $737,230 or 2.9 percent, greater than the current year's budget. Expenses for the 2019-20 school year include salary increases, higher-than-anticipated tuition costs, an increased number of cyber students, $625,893 in capital projects and a 34.3 percent increase — about $283,000 — in the mandatory employer contributions to the Public School Employees’ Retirement System.

Capital projects for the coming year include continued technological instruction updates and continuing the district’s one-to-one computer initiative by providing Chromebooks to all students of grade four to 12; math and reading curriculum updates for elementary and middle school; $40,000 for a new van; building and grounds improvements including security updates and paving driving lanes around the school; purchasing two new school buses; technology updates; and replacing boys baseball uniforms and girls varsity and junior high basketball uniforms.

Revenues, which total $24,583,295 and are $984,045, or 4.1 percent, greater than the current year's budget, include a $130,404 basic education subsidy, $109,894 in grants, investment earnings, and state retirement reimbursement as well as property taxes.

nlowry@ncnewsonline.com

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Nancy Lowry is a reporter at the New Castle News. Email her at nlowry@ncnewsonline.com

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