No tax increase for Susquehanna Community

BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Correspondent

The Susquehanna Community school board approved a $15.5 million 2014-15 budget with no increase to taxes for district property owners in Susquehanna County.

Superintendent Bronson Stone said the $15,543,589 budget also reflects the district being debt free by 2015.

With no state budget yet in place for the coming year, the final figures coming from the state are not yet known, Stone said.

While millage in Susquehanna County held the line, Starrucca (Wayne County) taxpayers will see a .904 percent increase in millage.

The total millage in Susquehanna County will remain at 45.78 mills, according to District Business Manager Gary Kiernan. The Homestead/Farmstead credits for district taxpayers will be $303.

Stone commented on the June 25 meeting being the last board meeting for Principal Robert Keyes. “He will be sorely missed,” Stone said.
The board approved donations of $100 to the Susquehanna Fire Department Ambulance and a $100 donation to Barnes Kasson Hospital annual golf tournament.

Sports related resignations approved were: Kelli Kane, boy’s basketball scorer; Thomas Kubas, Junior High girl’s basketball coach and Junior High girl’s volleyball coach; Will Szili, girl’s volleyball scorer.

The board approved Colleen Salak as a 93 day Spanish substitute; Carla Perry, summer school personal care aide; Shirley Koziol, high school aide; Karyn Armitage, summer school teacher; Dawn Steele as junior high girl’s basketball coach and Jami Hyndshaw as assistant basketball coach; Kim Legg as girl’s volleyball scorer. Robin Glidden was approved as the district’s representative for the Roberson Museum and Science Center for the coming school year.

Timothy Teribury was added to the substitute list for bus drivers.

The Lackawanna County Dual Enrollment Agreement for the coming school year was approved as was the Letter of Agreement between Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency and the district.

Transportation summer rates for Miller, Swanson and Lewis Transportation were approved on the recommendation of Stone.