Elco's tentative budget includes 3-mi...

Elco's tentative budget includes 3-mill increase

There are 51 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from May 10, 2011, titled Elco's tentative budget includes 3-mill increase. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

While still hoping for additional funding from the state, Elco school board voted 8-1 to approve a tentative $31.8 million 2011-12 budget Monday that includes a 3-mill tax increase.

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Elamo

Myerstown, PA

#41 May 18, 2011
SunnyIOI wrote:
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One would think. He would fight it. Tooth and nail.
This his last stop on the Education Super Highway.
Rather offer to freeze his pay, he took the increase and said he will donate his raise to pay for pay to play or buy books for the elementary schools.
So what this means is the district will pay into his pension based on what his salary was going to be rather than what it was this past year?
I want to see the deposit slip for the $6000.
I got my hands on a copy of his contract.
Right now, Nilsen is not receiving healthcare insurance through the school district. He must be on his wife's plan.
If Elco is his last stop and he retires. He will then go on the districts health insurance and so will his wife and the district will pay the premiums for the rest his life.
This was brought to my attention by a district employee and I've read it and re-read it 10 times.
Does that get your goat or what?
I can swallow doing this for Hetrick or any Superintendent that spends a significant amount of time with a district, but 5 years? Come on.
What were they thinking?
It surely gets my goat!! They weren't thinking!!!
Elamo

Myerstown, PA

#42 May 18, 2011
Morbius wrote:
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Be easier just to fire his fanny...
I think that's a great idea!!
Morbius

Myerstown, PA

#43 May 20, 2011
Unfortunately, ineptitude still runs rampant in ELCO. How about that school bus that is being held hostage by one bratty, foul-mouthed punk? No music on the bus because it bothers this kid, no one is allowed to challenge this kid, but he can swear up a storm and harass the other riders to his pleasure.

That's good management.
small child

Lebanon, PA

#44 May 22, 2011
SunnyIOI wrote:
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One would think. He would fight it. Tooth and nail.
This his last stop on the Education Super Highway.
Rather offer to freeze his pay, he took the increase and said he will donate his raise to pay for pay to play or buy books for the elementary schools.
So what this means is the district will pay into his pension based on what his salary was going to be rather than what it was this past year?
I want to see the deposit slip for the $6000.
I got my hands on a copy of his contract.
Right now, Nilsen is not receiving healthcare insurance through the school district. He must be on his wife's plan.
If Elco is his last stop and he retires. He will then go on the districts health insurance and so will his wife and the district will pay the premiums for the rest his life.
This was brought to my attention by a district employee and I've read it and re-read it 10 times.
Does that get your goat or what?
I can swallow doing this for Hetrick or any Superintendent that spends a significant amount of time with a district, but 5 years? Come on.
What were they thinking?
yeah, what was howy thinking?
Elamo

Myerstown, PA

#45 May 22, 2011
Morbius wrote:
Unfortunately, ineptitude still runs rampant in ELCO. How about that school bus that is being held hostage by one bratty, foul-mouthed punk? No music on the bus because it bothers this kid, no one is allowed to challenge this kid, but he can swear up a storm and harass the other riders to his pleasure.
That's good management.
What about their "no bullying policy"? Does this not apply on buses? There are some mean kids on my grandson's bus, boys and girls alike. Something should be done about it!
Morbius

Myerstown, PA

#46 May 23, 2011
Elamo wrote:
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What about their "no bullying policy"? Does this not apply on buses? There are some mean kids on my grandson's bus, boys and girls alike. Something should be done about it!
I'm inclined to think that the "no bullying" policy only applies to "normal" students and not those being 'mainstreamed' into regular classes
IEP ME

Dallas, TX

#47 May 23, 2011
Morbius wrote:
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I'm inclined to think that the "no bullying" policy only applies to "normal" students and not those being 'mainstreamed' into regular classes
Very true.
can we find ou the truth

Lebanon, PA

#48 May 25, 2011
rethink increase wrote:
When the budget was presented in Jan. it was stated there was approx. a $1.7 million shortage in the budget. Monday night without any formal presentation (I guess it isn't important to inform the public)it was passed to increase taxes by three mills. However they informed us that they have cut costs which I think include: health insurance -$560,000, CTC costs -$42,000, IU -$20,000, Special ed. class $25,000, not replacing asst supt.-$160,000, freeze salaries -$175,000, not replacing 5 staff retirements -$500,000 (guess),Doug Bohannon full time class -$50,000 (guess), retirement cost savings -$50,000, refinancing bonds +$42,000 (assumed) and not included in the original budget Myerstown an S-town school rental income of $294,000. Now if my math is correct and my admitted guess to some of these figures total savings and increased income arrives at $1,968,000. So why do we need a 3 mill increase which amounts to $574,500?? Add the two and it amounts to $2,542,500. Why does this board continue to tax us when it is not necessary? The only thing I was told was the president mentioned putting a mill ($191,500) for fund balance. Why must we put that amount when people are REALLY hurting! Board members PLEASE re-think your decision!
Is there any truth to this?
Does anyone know

Dallas, TX

#49 May 26, 2011
Before the Intermediate School was built the school board stated that the state would reimburse a percentage of the cost to build the school.

What was the final cost for the new school?

What is the actual percentage of reimbursement?

How does the state refund the money?

Where can I find it noted in the budget?

That's a lot of money and I would like to see how the district used it or plans to use it.

Does anyone know?
rethink increase wrote:
When the budget was presented in Jan. it was stated there was approx. a $1.7 million shortage in the budget. Monday night without any formal presentation (I guess it isn't important to inform the public)it was passed to increase taxes by three mills. However they informed us that they have cut costs which I think include: health insurance -$560,000, CTC costs -$42,000, IU -$20,000, Special ed. class $25,000, not replacing asst supt.-$160,000, freeze salaries -$175,000, not replacing 5 staff retirements -$500,000 (guess),Doug Bohannon full time class -$50,000 (guess), retirement cost savings -$50,000, refinancing bonds +$42,000 (assumed) and not included in the original budget Myerstown an S-town school rental income of $294,000. Now if my math is correct and my admitted guess to some of these figures total savings and increased income arrives at $1,968,000. So why do we need a 3 mill increase which amounts to $574,500?? Add the two and it amounts to $2,542,500. Why does this board continue to tax us when it is not necessary? The only thing I was told was the president mentioned putting a mill ($191,500) for fund balance. Why must we put that amount when people are REALLY hurting! Board members PLEASE re-think your decision!
And the Beat Goes On

Lebanon, PA

#50 May 26, 2011
Does anyone know wrote:
Before the Intermediate School was built the school board stated that the state would reimburse a percentage of the cost to build the school.
What was the final cost for the new school?
What is the actual percentage of reimbursement?
How does the state refund the money?
Where can I find it noted in the budget?
That's a lot of money and I would like to see how the district used it or plans to use it.
Does anyone know?
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That was brought up at the last meeting, PDE is two years behind approving the 10% and that is the maximum. It may be less if PDE is not fully funded. Dont look for the money until 2012-13 at the earliest most likely if it happens, 2013-14.
Does anyone know

Dallas, TX

#51 May 26, 2011
And the Beat Goes On wrote:
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That was brought up at the last meeting, PDE is two years behind approving the 10% and that is the maximum. It may be less if PDE is not fully funded. Dont look for the money until 2012-13 at the earliest most likely if it happens, 2013-14.
Only 10%? what happened to the 20%?

"If it happens" ? I don't remember anybody using the word IF. The school board said that building a new school was going to be cheaper than renovating the 2 existing schools.

When was the school board going to tell us about this? Did someone really question this at a meeting? I didn't read or hear anything about it.

The school board has some explaining to do. How much is this effecting the
budget?

I was convinced a new school was the way to go. This is why Howard Kramer should be on the school board. He would never let this happen. He would be fighting for our money and that's a fact.

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