No tax increase in Midd-West School District

MIDDLEBURG — There are no tax increases in the Midd-West School District. The school board passed their 2014-2015 final budget Monday night.

Board president Victor Abate says he is pleased with the $34.5 million budget, which has a fund balance of 7-percent, “A healthy fund balance is right around five and a half to six percent. We’ve set money aside for years when we were under budget. We’re just utilizing those funds to help balance our budget and we don’t have a tax increase which is a good thing.”

School board member Richard Wilson was the lone ‘no’ vote on the budget. Meanwhile, contract talks continue in the district. The current contract is set to expire in August.

Also at Monday’s meeting, after eleven years, West Snyder Elementary School principal David Harrison announced he is leaving the Midd-West School District. Harrison will be taking a job in the West Shore School District in New Cumberland.

The board also hired Nicole Stauffer as administrative secretary to assist business manager Lynn Naugle. Some board members felt someone other than Stauffer could be hired for the position for less money. Stauffer will make $15.20 an hour. An initial vote for her hire was denied after a 5-4 vote. The board then took an executive session to discuss the matter. They took a revote following the hour-long session and the hiring was passed. Board president Victor Abate, who voted ‘no’ on the motion declined to comment, saying it was a ‘personnel issue.’ (Lauren Koch)

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