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Southmoreland to receive $16,697 in state budget allocations

| Friday, July 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Superintendent John Molnar reported to the Southmoreland School Board Thursday that with the passage of the state budget the school district will receive additional funds that will slightly lessen the blow to the fund balance caused by the 2013-14 budget.

Molnar said the district will receive an additional $16,697 in allocations from the state.

The $26 million budget passed in June was approved with a $953,754 deficit and will require drawing from the $5 million fund balance the district has accumulated.

Business Manager James Marnell said he district was hoping for more from the state's final budget, which was passed at the end of June.

“Everybody was,” he said. “We're happy we didn't get less.”

Numbers will be readjusted to account for the 1.75 percent increase and the budget will be re-examined at the school board's Aug. 1 meeting, which was approved to be advertised as a voting meeting.

The money will not be used in any specific line item, Marnell said.

“Unless they (board members) come up with an extra need during the year, at least they know it's there,” he said.

Board President Levi Miller said state funding has been a concern for the board since the district has been “basically flat-funded” for three years.

“It all counts and we're very glad for it,” he said.

In other business, board members named Gail Rhodes and Michael Bentz as delegates to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association Delegate Assembly Meeting on Oct. 14 in Hershey.

Board member Josie Kaufman suggested Southmoreland students create artwork or apply to perform at the conference, which displays themed submission from elementary school students and allows student choirs and bands to play.

“I think it's a good opportunity to look into,” she said. Molnar said he would check into the particulars of applying.

The board approved an annual contribution to St. Vincent College Prevention Projects of $1,020.

Molnar said the allocation for the drug and alcohol awareness program is budgeted annually.

Board member Catherine Fike asked how the success of the programs is gauged.

“I just think we owe it to ourselves to get information, to get feedback so you know what you're getting for your money,” she said.

Molnar explained that there is a survey that can be completed by students, but in past years parents have opposed even anonymously giving out information for the surveys.

The board also:

• Approved an overnight trip for the high school marching band from Feb. 27 to March 3, 2014.

• Voted to employ Ryan Shaw as an assistant football coach and Sam Rizzi as an assistant marching band instructor.

• Promoted Catherine Pallygus from eliminated position of school nurse assistant to school nurse.

• Accepted with regrets the resignation of William Schrecengost as high school varsity track coach. Both Molnar and Miller recognized the coach's contribution to the students of Southmoreland, where he also was a teacher from 1971 to 2006. “The number of kids that turn out for track is just phenomenal,” Miller said. “He's run an outstanding program and a very admirable program in terms of our wins. In coaching, we also looking for character, and I have very high-regard for Mr. Schrecengost's character.”

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or

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