Steven Fabian, a Plum High School grad and broadcaster, is urging the Plum School Board to think twice about cutting teaching positions and programs this budget season. TO WATCH HIS VIDEO MESSAGE, CLICK HERE. Fabian, a host for RightThisMinute, also has worked as an anchor, reporter, producer and editor for Channel One News in New York City. As a reporter, he covered the drug war in Juarez, Mexico, followed a Neo-Nazi group patrolling the border and explored the issue of guns on college campuses. The school board has proposed an option that could cut the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Plum TV Production, business education and family consumer sciences at the high school; and French, Spanish and computer instruction at the junior …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Plum school officials are considering cutting teaching positions and programs to close a $1 million deficit.
With a deadline looming, Plum Borough School District officials are still working on closing a $1 million deficit from its 2013-14 school year budget—and they're considering cutting positions and programs. During a school board education committee meeting on Tuesday, officials recommended cutting a total of 21 employees. According to the Plum Advance Leader, those include 14 positions at the high school, six at the junior high and one at the elementary school level. The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Plum TV Production, business education and family consumer sciences could be cut at the high school. French, Spanish and computer instruction could be cut at the junior high. Officials also proposed that technology education at all …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Plum and Riverview school district officials continue to hash out budget discussions. One district could be cutting a program affecting 17 students.
School budget season is upon us, and Plum and Riverview school district officials are attempting to balance their budgets by the end of June. School board for each district met this week to discuss the current status of their budgets. Plum's $58 million budget currently has a deficit of close to $1 million, and Riverview's $18.7 million budget deficit stands at about $100,000. Details: Plum School District After starting the budget process with a $4.3 million deficit, officials have been able to trim that down to just under $1 million. Included in some of those cuts were a reduction in salaries for employees under the transportation union, a possible layoff and the elimination of the district's participation in the Boyce Campus Middle …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday to discuss the 2013-14 school year budget.
Riverview officials are going to discuss the 2013-14 school year budget on Monday. A special buget meeting has been scheduled for April 22 at 7 p.m. at the administration board room on Tenth Street. The school board is tackling issues related to millage and county reassessment values, state funding, retirement/pension contributions and special education costs. It has until the end of June to approve a final budget. Stay tuned for budget details. __________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter . Don't forget to sign up for our dailyemail newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A preliminary budget must be approved by February for the district to apply for tax exceptions.
Riverview officials are working on preparing a preliminary budget that they hope to approve next month. Though a final budget is not due until the end of June, districts that are considering increasing taxes above the allowed state maximum under Pennsylvania's Act 1 of 2006 must send a preliminary budget to the state department of education. To raise taxes above the Act 1 index, which is 0.21 percent for the 2013-14 fiscal year, districts must apply for allowed exceptions—for special education costs, pensions, etc. Riverview School District followed the same procedure last year. District Business Manager Frank Thompson also said officials would have to lower the millage rate due to the county-wide reassessments. Under state law, taxing …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The issues are many, but which stands out as the one most important to America?
A flurry of festivities will set Washington, D.C. in motion this week as President Barack Obama is sworn in Monday for his second term in office. With "Faith in America's Future" as the theme for the 2013 inauguration, the celebration will reflect the country's perseverance and unity, as well as commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863. The inaugural address, parade, and a number of balls and galas that honor the president will have a certain priority of their own. But when the hoopla dies down, there's some serious work to be done. Through the last year, our Patch Polls have focused on some of the major issues facing the country. This week, …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The 2013 preliminary Plum budget holds the line on taxes, but residents might pay $5 more per month in sanitation fees.
Plum residents most likely won't experience a tax increase in 2013, but borough officials are considering implementing a $5-a-month increase to sanitation fees to balance the budget. On Wednesday, council unanimously approved an $11.67 million preliminary budget that holds the line on taxes and already includes the sanitation fee increase. The fee would generate about $600,000. However, Councilman Mike Dell said the finance committee will meet in the next two weeks to discuss if the fee increase will stand or if money will be taken from the borough's $1 million surplus—or a combination of both. A similar fee was discussed last year, but officials tabled the matter. Plum's millage rate remains 4.3 mills, meaning a resident would pay $430 …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Officials do not anticipate increasing the millage rate for 2013.
Before Oakmont Council approved a preliminary 2013 budget on Monday, its members had to close $58,000 deficit. Officials succeeded, passing a $3.35 million preliminary budget that holds the line on taxes and includes a $8,270 surplus. The current millage rate in Oakmont is 4.5 mills—a resident pays $450 in real estate taxes for every $100,000 of assessed property value. It's been about four years since the millage rate increased. However, due to the county reassessments, borough officials are anticipating more tax revenue in 2013. The $1.55 million of anticipated real estate tax revenue in the preliminary budget reflects a 2.5 increase from 2012, which officials are saying is a "reasonable and fairly conservative" number. Administrators …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Highlights from the Oakmont Borough Council Meeting on Oct. 8.
Here's a roundup of items discussed by council at Monday’s meeting: Special Meeting about 2013 Budget to Take Place Borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen spoke to council about the 2013 budget she distributed earlier saying creating the budget was difficult since she was unsure of how much money the borough would actually collect from taxes due to continuing reassessments. “We have to use last year’s numbers,” Jensen said. “That’s all we can do right now.” The draft outlines funds for the general fund and sewer fund, and council President Tim Milberger said council needs time to review it and for discussion. Council will hold a special public meeting to discuss the budget draft on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Plans Dark Hollow Road Recreation …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Auxiliary police by-laws, alcohol use at Riverside Park and more were discussed at last week's council meeting.
Here's a roundup of items discussed at the Sept. 4 Oakmont Council work session. Auxiliary Police By-Laws Oakmont Council is working on drafting by-laws for the borough auxiliary police force. Officials discussed adding a section to the rules indicating that members of the auxiliary police force follow a chain of command—the borough police chief, mayor and council—when there is a problem, and that they are not to consume alcohol before reporting to duty. They also agreed that members—all are volunteers—must be Oakmont residents. Officials said opening membership up to Verona residents might be a possibility in the future. Oakmont solicitor Robert Shoop must look over the rules before they are officially approved by council. Alcohol in the…