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Central Bucks honors fifth-grade teacher, adopts preliminary budget


Last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Central Bucks School Board featured recognition for Gayman Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Josh Isaacsohn.

The board and Superintendent John Kopicki recognized Isaacsohn for his work to encourage kindness and gestures of support for the U.S. military.

Each month of every school year for the past three years, he has provided stacks of notes and drawings by his students to the “West Point Moms,” who add them to care packages for servicemen and women.

Kopicki thanked Isaacsohn for his dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment. “You are an excellent role model for your students, and truly for all of us.”

In other news, the board unanimously approved the preliminary budget totaling 342,248,613 for the 2019-2020 school year at its meeting on April 9.

The proposed final budget, presented by Director of Finance Brian Loftus is balanced with no tax increase recommended.

Overall, revenues are projected to increase 1.4 percent over current year projections, and expenditures 1.8 percent With the budget deficit closed and the budget balanced, and with support from the board,the 2019-2020 budget will reflect a zero tax increase for the fifth consecutive year, and sixth in the past seven years.

Positive developments on the revenue side and additional savings from debt defeasance have enabled the administration to close the $920,000 deficit in the preliminary budget. The continued commitment to the advanced payment of debt will result in a savings of $2.2 million in the coming year, the district says. Pre-payment will also accelerate the state’s Plan-Con reimbursements totaling $460,000, associated with previous capital projects.

The district is expecting some subsidy increases, including an increase in Title 1 federal funding and state revenues of $32 million – a return to pre-recession levels. Real estate transfer taxes, interim taxes, and current real estate taxes are all projected to grow, at modest levels of 4 percent, 3 percent, and 1 percent, respectively. Modest growth is also projected in the district’s earned income tax revenues.

Final budget approval is expected for the June 11 meeting.

The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 teachers in public education who have made outstanding academic contributions to Pennsylvania’s school-aged children.

The 12 finalists in the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program have been announced and two Central Bucks teachers are among them – CB West’s Leanne Jarossy and CB South’s Will Melvin.