LOYSBURG — Jeff Koontz presented a clean audit for the previous year to the Northern Bedford County School District Tuesday.

Koontz said that the district ended up with $260,000 more revenue than budgeted and less expenditures than anticipated. He said that $500,000 was moved to the capital projects fund and $75,000 was moved to the cafeteria fund.

Koontz said that in the capital projects fund, the district had $62,000 of additions that came out of the fund which has $1.4 million remaining. The district ended the year with a budget surplus of about $69,000, according to Koontz.

Superintendent Todd Beatty stated that Northern Bedford has been very conservative in the budgeting process to save money for future expenditures. The 2018-19 budget year closed approximately $598,000 dollars in the black.

“We were fortunate to receive a $100,000-dollar Education Grant and not required to pay one month of our health premiums. Unfortunately, our state legislative body continues to fail public brick and mortar schools because they have not been able to pass common sense legislation that would fix the cyber school cost debacle,” he said.

Beatty added that over the next 4 to 5 years, the district will be giving “serious consideration” of major projects that will total over $2.2 million.

“These include the high school/ middle school windows, the elementary roof, floor tile in high school/ middle school, and auditorium to name a few,” he said.

To help pay for the necessary improvements, Beatty hinted that a tax increase may be necessary.

“Given the financial circumstances, it will be difficult for the board to not strongly consider some level of increase in taxes to compensate for additional expenses,” he said.

“Although, NBC has many external forces for which we cannot control, we will continue to provide those items vital to the education of our students; we will also strive to keep the programs we have in place as we can all recognize the value they have for our students.”

The board also approved:

• The resignation of Brianna Clouse as head junior high softball coach.

• Vesta Nave as an elementary special education teacher at step 1 of the bachelor table at $41,705 pro-rated to her start date

• Jessica Wertz as a student teacher working with the hearing teacher with the Appalachia Intermediate Unit 08 while working at Northern Bedford County School District from Jan. 6 through Feb. 28.

Contact Katie Smolen at 623-1151 ext. 110 or ksmolen@bedfordgazette.com.

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