Thursday, February 18, 2016

Budget Mysteries and Soccer Triumphs in Pottsgrove

Photo by Evan Brandt
The Pottsgrove High School boys soccer team being recognized by the school board for its championship season.

By about 10:15 p.m. I had had it.

If you want to know what happened at the Pottsgrove School Board meeting last night after 10:15 or so, you'll have to read the district's board notes.

Luckily, the honoring of this year's championship boys soccer team was early on in the evening.

Here is some video from the ceremony honoring their achievements.

Other than that, the two most notable things on an otherwise mundane agenda were the passage of the changes to the construction schedule at Pottsgrove High School to try to provide more time for contractors to meet their deadline and by done with the job by the opening of school.

That opening looks like it will be after Labor Day for the entire district, at least that's what the administration is recommending.

Final decision will likely be made at the next board meeting, scheduled for Feb. 23.

The other item, almost laughable, was a budget review made all the more pointless by the absence of a state budget and absolutely no idea how much more money the district will get their year, or next.

Business Manager David Nester said the shortfall could be as high as $4.8 million if Harrisburg doesn't get its freakin' act together.

The good news is the initial projected tax hike, which could be as high as 3.1, is 2 percent.

However, egged on by board member Bill Parker, the board also adopted a motion directing the administration to put together budget scenarios for a 1 percent tax  hike and for no tax hike at all.

Look for a more detailed story on that in upcoming editions of The Mercury.

In the meantime, here are the Tweets from the meeting (at least until I left):

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