Bellwood-Antis board OKs $18.5M budget

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday approved a final budget for the 2018-19 school year, holding the line on taxes for the second consecutive year.

Board members had increased taxes for 11 of the 12 previous years.

The spending plan calls for expenditures of $18,510,824 and revenues of $17,675,487, said Kimberly VanGorder, board secretary and business manager.

The budget will be balanced by using $692,644 from the district’s unreserved fund balance and $142,693 from the committed fund balance, VanGorder said.

The budget includes the addition of a resource officer, middle school intervention teacher and a technology aide, VanGorder said.

The real estate tax will remain at 9.14 mills.

Board members also agreed to hire Timothy Mercer — a retired Pennsylvania State Police trooper — as a second school security officer for the district at a rate of $20 per hour not to exceed 8 hours per day effective at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

In April, board members hired Jeffrey Hanna, also a retired state police trooper, as a security officer at the same rate of pay.

“They will work one week on and one week off in an alternating fashion. It doesn’t cost the district any more money, but helps to maximize our attention to details,” Superintendent Thomas McInroy said.

Both Mercer and Hanna are Bellwood-Antis graduates.

Mercer recently retired as Logan Township police chief. He had announced his retirement in the fall, after a health issue — one that he said has been addressed — came to light.

In other action, board members:

n Approved cafeteria prices for 2018-19 that reflect no increase in either breakfast or lunch prices.

n Hired Elise Fisher as a fourth grade teacher at a salary of $43,990 effective with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.