The Spring-Ford Area School Board adopted the budget for the 2008-09 school year, at its monthly meeting on June 23. The final budget amount is $117,145,893, which is an increase of 6.37 percent from last year. The major increases to the budget are allocated for new salaries and increased benefits costs.
The board approved the Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion beginning July 1 and the adoption of the 2008-2009 General Fund Budget after several questions regarding the amount of tax decrease property owners will receive. Based on a home assessed at $153,093, the average decrease will be approximately $65.89.
Capital improvements approved by the board included: adding sprinkler systems at Brooke and Spring City Elementary Schools, a waterproofing project at the Eighth-Grade Center to repair the façade of the building, the artificial turf project on the Coach McNelly Stadium and resurfacing of the running track at the high school. There was one opposition noted for the artificial turf.
A lease and sublease among the Spring-Ford Area School District, Pottsgrove School District, Upper Perkiomen School District, the Western Center for Technical Studies and the State Public School Building Authority was approved by the board. This was necessary to borrow funds for improvements and an addition to the Western Center for Technical Studies. Payments will be based upon market value (40 percent) and enrollment in the center (60 percent) amongst the districts.
The Future Financial Plans, fiscal plans used by the finance committee to prepare for future obligations and the financial needs of the district, was approved by the board. Outstanding financial obligations for 2007-08 fiscal year were approved for payment.
Superintendent Dr. Marsha Hurda and Board President Donna Williams updated the board on progress made toward achieving the 2008 superintendent/board goals, which were adopted on Jan. 28, 2008. The goals included: the development of educational specifications for the High School Renovation/Addition Project, addressing the growing enrollment at the fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade levels level by moving forward with Phase II Feasibility Study, monitor and adjust District-Wide Curriculum and Instruction, providing leadership in the development of the 2008-2013 Spring-Ford School District Strategic Plan and increasing organizational effectiveness and efficiency by assessing "Where we are and where we need to be in terms of each major department within the District."
The next Spring-Ford School District meeting will be held on Aug. 25 at the Spring-Ford Senior High School beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.