LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP The fate ofDauphin County Technical School's 2014-15 budget proposal now is in the handsof 54 school members who represent thetech school's six sponsoring school districts.Pennlive file photo
Mail ballotsproposing the .6 million spending plan are being sent out to school boardmembers from Central Dauphin, Derry Township, Halifax Area, Lower Dauphin,Middletown Area and Susquehanna Township school districts, tech schoolofficials said Wednesday night.
At leasttwo-thirds of the sponsoring districts and no fewer than 28 school boardmembers must submit favorable votes for the budget to become finalized. Thedeadline for returning mail ballots to the tech school is May 2.
Tech schoolbusiness manager Maria Zaharick said the proposal shown to the joint boardmembers Wednesday night is ,898 less than a draft presented last month.Decreases resulted from "tweaking and cleaning up numbers," Zaharick said.
Overall, nextyear's spending proposal is an 8.3 percent increase from 2013-14. School administrators say steady increases in enrollmentover the past several years is causing higher operating costs and a need forsix new positions for next year.
Proposedpositions include instructors for a new medical assistant course, socialstudies and autistic support; a data specialist; a registered nurse; and asecond assistant principal.
Meanwhile, memberdistrict's contributions are projected to rise only a little more than 3-1/2percent, thanks to increases in state subsidies and tuition student enrollmentfrom non-member districts.
Non-sponsoringdistricts will continue to pay a flat rate of ,457.36 per tuition student.The rate hasn't risen in five years because the amount of tuition students attendingthe tech school has increased dramatically over the past few years. About 205tuition students are expected to attend the tech school next year, nearly twiceas many as in 20012-13.
Memberschool district's fees have decreased slightly since due todecreases in the tech school's overall budget, Zaharick said.
Nearly58 percent of the tech school's enrollment, or an average of 444 pupils overthe past five years, have come from Central Dauphin schools. Central Dauphin'sproposed contribution to the tech school is .76 million next year, a4.2 percent increase from 2013-14.
Followingthat is:Lower Dauphin, five-year average of 87 students or 11.33 percent of the total enrollment; next year's proposed costs, .129 million, a 2.3 percent decrease;Susquehanna Township, five-year average of 86 students or 11.16 percent of enrollment; next year's proposed costs, .112 million, a 3.6 percent increase.Middletown Area, five-year average, 85 students or 11.3 percent of enrollment; next year's proposed costs, .18 million, a 7.7 percent increase. Derry Township, five-year average of 35 students or 4.58 percent of enrollment; next year's proposed costs, 6,082, a 3.9 percent increase;Halifax Area, five-year average of 30 students of 3.94 percent of student enrollment; next year's projected costs, 2,130, a 0.5 percent increase.
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