UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Montgomery County Intermediate Unit membership fees will not increase for the coming school year.

That bit of good news was announced at the March 21 meeting of the Spring-Ford Area School Board when MCIU Executive Director John George presented the 2016-2017 membership services budget to the board.

George explained the MCIU vision is to “provide, create, or broker cost effective solutions,” including educational, technological, financial, operational and governance

The $135 million MCIU operations include 15 funds from 37 separate funding sources, and 119 cost centers. Revenue is collected from service fees, federal and state grants and contracts, as well as a member services budget.

Districts pay a membership fee totaling $1,518,580, representing 1 percent of the total MCIU operations, to supports the office of community and government relations, office of professional learning, and office of technology services, George said.

With no increase for the 2016-17 school year, Spring-Ford will pay a repeat fee of $113,658.

The revenue breakdown for 2014-15 was 30.1 percent federal, 51.4 percent state, and 18.5 percent local funding with the expenditure pie divided as 50.0 percent general fund, with the other half split between special education, early intervention, non-public school services, transportation, and Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network costs.

George also identified new MCIU initiatives including early learning programs, North Montco Technical Career Center business management, ACCESS processing/support, payroll support, hybrid and online learning, emergency partial hospitalization, superintendent and vice superintendent searches, and board governance workshops.

In other news, board member Joseph Ciresi said the Feb. 29 property committee meeting was dominated by discussion of the ongoing district-wide feasibility study under development by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Assoc. The consultants plan to conduct an assessment to identify how classrooms and other district building space are utilized.

Ciresi reported Crabtree will be better prepared to make a presentation to the entire board after a community meeting is held next month.

The public is invited to provide input to Crabtree in the areas of regional and local population trends, student enrollment projections, and school building utilization during a meeting scheduled for April 6 in the high school Hurda Learning Center. For more information, call 610-705-6001.

In other board action, better parking lot lighting will be installed this summer at a $60,000 cost that will save the district money over the life of the new LED bulbs. Due to the track-resurfacing project, Coach McNelly Stadium will be closed from June 20 to the end of August.

The board also announced that beginning with the 2016 primary election on April 26, Limerick Elementary school will be a new polling place.

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