Elementary school renovations at Carlynton contribute to budget increase
There will be a substantial increase in spending next year in the Carlynton School District to account for high-profile capital improvements.
The board at its June 24 meeting approved the district's $32,224,514 budget for the 2013-14 school year. This is up nearly $9 million from $23.8 million in 2012-13.
A bulk of the increase comes from $7 million set aside for planned renovations to both Crafton and Carnegie elementary schools, according to district business manager Kirby Christy.
“There is a line item in the budget for $7 million that is related to the board's intent to renovate the two elementary schools,” he said.
A state-mandated increase for teacher pensions also accounts for part of the spending increase.
The budget also includes a drop in the millage to 19.089 from 23.15, Christy said. The drop includes the need to remain revenue neutral in compliance with the county's property reassessments.
There were no funding or staffing cuts made for the coming year, Christy said.
Helpful to area schools will be the budget signed into law last week by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. The budget includes $5.5 billion earmarked for basic education, which is the primary source of aid for public schools. That is an increase of $122 million from last year.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
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