Nazareth School Board General Meeting – April 24,2017
Four Middle School students were recognized for winning an Outstanding Endings award for a film about manufacturing. Victaulic Inc liked the video so much they plan on using it as a marketing tool.
The Board passed the budget with one vote against (Dr. Linda Stubitz). The 2017-2018 budget is in the amount of $84,791,321, a 4.41% increase over the current budget. The increase in funding includes:
- A real estate transfer tax of 1% (District’s share is 0.5%)
- A 0.7% tax on earned income
- A school tax on real estate levied and assessed at a rate of 53.268.
- An increase in real estate taxes of 1/238 mills, or 2.38%
Linda Stubitz made a statement about her opposition to the budget. Her reasons included an issue with the K-3 Level curriculum, saying the materials don’t give teachers enough academic freedom to help struggling students with alternative reading selections. She also disagreed with the hundreds of thousands of dollars which will be used to switch from a Chrome book based system over to Mac books, pointing out that other districts have tried this and didn’t like it. The focus on technology does not make arrangements for increased cyber security and there are questions about whether all the technology will really increase learning in the classroom.
Items IV, V, VI, & VII passed.
- Links to the meeting agenda can be found here: http://www.nazarethasd.k12.pa.us/Page/970
Becky Bartlett is an Upper Nazareth resident and covers these meetings because residents have a right to be informed about what their government is doing.