Last updated: June 17. 2014 11:25PM - 1083 Views
By Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent

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LEHMAN TWP. — The Lake-Lehman School Board voted 8-1 to adopt a final budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that calls for a tax increase.

All board members with the exception of David Paulauskas voted for the budget’s approval.

The $27.8 million budget comes with a 2.7 percent tax increase. It includes expenditures of $27,875,474 and revenues of $27,443,767 with millage of 9.9656 mills.

A mill is a $1 on each $1,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property in the borough of Harveys Lake, and Jackson, Lake, Lehman, and Ross townships in Luzerne County; and 47.3391 mills, which is $4.73 on each $100 of assessed valuation in the township of Noxen in Wyoming County.

In other matters, Superintendent James McGovern announced the addition of several new programs to the district that will begin with the 2014-2015 school year. The programs are an Honors Physics course, Statistics course, Math Remediation and the JSHS, Additional Remedial Reading at the elementary schools, Tech Education Program with a newly hired teacher at the elementary schools, Triumph Readiness Math and ELA Program, and Fountas and Pinnel Reading Program.

The board also gave approval to continue the 10 percent penalty on all unpaid taxes 201 days after the date of issue, July 15, 2014. The penalty is to be added to the taxes by the tax collector and collected by him/her.

In addition, the board has approved the appointment of Andrew Salko as School Board Treasurer for a one year term beginning on July 1.

The vote was 8-1 for approval to purchase AESOP automated substitute calling system at a total purchase price of $9,825 for the first year, and an annual subscription fee of $4,075 each year after. The contract is one that can be renewed or canceled on a yearly basis. Karen Masters voted against the proposal.

Administration will add a portrait of Shoshanna Maloney to the “Wall of Fame” located in the JR/SR high school. Maloney was selected to the PA Female All-State Soccer Team.

The next board meeting will be held on July 21, 2014 at 7 PM.

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