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Pennridge School Board approves proposed final budget

The Pennridge School Board voted unanimously May 13 to approve the Proposed Final District Budget. This is a historic budget for Pennridge, in that it does not increase property taxes, does not include a structural deficit, and does not include new borrowing. This is the third year in a row without a tax increase in the Pennridge School District and the first time in at least two decades that the budget does not include a structural deficit or new borrowing.

The $141.5 million balanced budget would maintain the millage rate at 135.2555. That equals a tax bill of $4,219.97 for a home at the median assessed value for the homestead exemption which is $31,200.

“This budget is the result of the hard work of the school board, Business Administrator Sean Daubert, his staff, building administration, and all department heads as they continue to provide what students and staff need while being mindful of taxpayer dollars,” said Superintendent Dr. David Bolton.

The proposed budget continues to provide for both the academic and emotional needs of the students. Highlights from this budget include an additional guidance counselor and gifted support at the middle school level, three instructional coaches to provide direct classroom support to all teachers, additional laptops and iPads for classrooms, and the addition of a STEM special for all students in grades 1-5.

Regarding facilities, the budget continues to fully fund the 6-year Capital Project Plan that provides for the upkeep and improvement of district facilities without the need to borrow money. Highlights from this budget include the addition of air conditioning to large spaces at all elementary schools, the addition of one-way busing for kindergarten students, and extensive paving throughout the district. The budget also includes additional safety and security personnel at the high school.

Board President Megan Banis-Clemens said, “Dr. Bolton has demonstrated incredible leadership, meeting all the goals that have been set for him. As we continue to see students soar to new heights in academics, athletics, music, the arts, woodworking, and all different trades through our technical school; this budget prioritizes educating the whole child and providing staff with the tools they need to be successful, while reducing non-essential costs and working within our means with a balanced budget, no tax increase, and long-term financial planning that eliminates the need to raise taxes or borrow money for the foreseeable future. On behalf of the board, I would like to express how proud and honored we are to serve this community alongside such passionate staff who, at all levels and in all areas, work hard to make a difference for students.”

The 2019-2020 Proposed Final Budget is available on the Pennridge School District website at The school board will vote on the Final Budget on June 17.