Belle Vernon Area finances look solid
By Chris Buckley
Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 1:31 a.m.
The Belle Vernon Area School Board won't vote on a tentative 2013-14 school year budget until May, but Superintendent Dr. John Wilkinson provided a sneak preview that drew applause from the audience Monday.
The anticipated spending plan will include no property tax increase for Fayette County taxpayers in the district and a slight decrease for Westmoreland County residents, Wilkinson said at the end of a budget preview at the Monday meeting.
Wilkinson called business manager Eileen Navish “a superstar” for her work on the budget and said the administration has a multi-year plan to improve curriculum districtwide.
The budget Wilkinson laid out includes $32,906,232 in revenue and expenditures of $34,989,118. It is balanced with $3.16 million from the fund balance and anticipated savings of $1.5 million in the current spending plan.
While Wilkinson cautioned that the budget figures will fluctuate a little, he said that under the existing scenario, the new budget would end up with a $2.53 million surplus.
That figure would represent 7 percent of the budget. The state Department of Education recommends a surplus of 4 percent to 8 percent to account for unanticipated expenses.
Wilkinson said budget concerns for future years will include the impact of the district's contribution to the state retirement system, increased salary and benefits, the unpredictability of state and federal subsidies, and “how to do more with less.”
In other business, the board approved a reconfiguration of district buildings, despite a petition opposing the movement of high school Principal Greg Zborovancik to the newly formed middle school.
Students Julia Seich and Jessie Smith presented the board with petitions they said comprised more than 500 signatures of students and parents opposed to the move.
“We feel he's a little better for us,” Seich said. “He's not just our principal, he's our friend.”
Smith said Zborovancik's background in counseling is better suited to help high school students.
But director Joe Grata said Zborovancik will be able to “move kids through the system” more effectively at the middle school level.
Retired teacher Gloria Yuschak said she took exception to Wilkinson's comment last month that Zborovancik is needed at the middle school because of a divide in the communities in the district.
But several board members concurred that there is a divide – created by adults – among the district's communities.
Director Aaron Bialon said the reconfiguration will provide financial gain for the district and will better align curriculum.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Donora woman dies in fire
- Pa. transportation bill may breathe life into Mon-Fayette Expressway project
- Restaurateur’s roots planted in Mon Valley
- Photo gallery: Santa visits Monessen Civic Center, Belle Vernon church
- Confederate Cabinet focus of Cal U’s Civil War roundtable
- 2 Mon Valley educators up for state’s Teacher of the Year honor
- California cop facing assault charge
- Worker finds man’s body in Monessen
- Sellew: Enough of Mike Tomlin already
- California police looking for New Eagle woman
- Photo gallery: West Newton’s annual ‘Miracle on Main Street’ celebration