CLAYSBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel School District hired two teachers and adjusted its 2019-20 budget to accept a $79,000 donation from the Claysburg Education Foundation to pay for technology.
The school board on Wednesday hired Amanda Woodring to fill a vacancy at the high school in the English department at an annual salary of $52,900. Emily Haupt was hired at $42,000 a year to fill to be the new second grade teacher at the elementary school to replace Madalyn Johnson, whose resignation was approved also during the meeting.
The board approved an adjustment to the current district budget to allow for a $79,000 donation from the education foundation which pays for technology the district purchased for its Project Lead the Way project. The money is designated to pay for iPads, 3-D printer and other needs for the curriculum.
The foundation has donated about $155,000 to the school for calendar year 2019, said Rich Allison, foundation board member. The district also approved a request from the music and art departments to bring in a Pittsburgh-based “big band” to provide a symposium for students during the day and a concert at night.
The foundation has agreed to split the $5,000 cost with the district, said Superintendent Darren McLaurin.
The donations are the latest from the foundation that in December paid off all student lunch debts at that point in the district.
The board adopted the annual resolution regarding the Act 1 index which requires a school district to declare whether it plans to go beyond an allowable increase in property taxes for the next school year.
The district may increase real estate taxes 3.8% for 2020-21, Business Manager Michelle Smithmyer said. The increase will gain the district about $94,000 if the district board were to go to the max, but Smithmyer said the approval of the resolution doesn’t mean the district will approve all or any of the index.
The board quickly reviewed the audit for 2019-20 which showed the district spent less than budgeted and took in more revenue than expected.
The audit showed the district finished the budget year with a deficit of about $450,000, though the district expected it to be $500,000. The district’s fund balance, which covered the deficit, is about $4.5 million, Smithmyer said.
Board member Mona Eckley noted that the audit showed no recommendations which are an audit’s term for a possible problem with the district’s bookkeeping and credited Smithmyer for another clean report.
The district approved a contract with Atlantic Broadband for its data services, replacing CenturyLink, whose contract ends June 30. The contract’s cost is $3,000 per month, 80 percent of which will be reimbursed through the federal government’s program that assists schools and libraries to get affordable telecommunications and internet.
The district also approved a “No Kid Hungry Grant” for its cafeteria services, Michael Hoover as its district dentist and Claysburg Physician Group for its district physician.
The next facilities meeting regarding the proposed athletic facilities renovations is set for Jan. 28, McLaurin said.
Jeremy Knott and Roger Knisely were sworn after they were re-elected in November to new terms.