2019-2020 Budget News
CHARLEROI - On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, the Charleroi Area School District unanimously approved a $25,171,000 Budget for the 2019-2020 school year. Together, we (Dr. Zelich, the Board, Administrators), as a team, have reviewed this budget very carefully to ensure that each dollar spent is working to educate our students and prepare them for college and careers in an ever-evolving global society, stated Business Manager, Crystal Clark.
The 2019-2020 Proposed Budget is balanced at $25,181,000 in final revenues and expenditures. The proposed revenues are funded 57% by State sources, 40% by Local sources & 3% by Federal sources. Crystal Clark, Business Manager, credits the leadership of Dr. Zelich, and support of the School Board, with continuing to make difficult, unpopular decisions over the past few years enabling the District to sustain our learning environment, with a vision of working toward the future. We have a strong administrative team, dedicated teachers and staff, and a very supportive Education Foundation that has come together to understand our fiscal constraints and work toward a common goal: providing a quality education and leaving every dollar we can in the classroom.
“Again, we have successfully implemented cost reduction initiatives over the last 5 years that have allowed us to continue to keep jobs by utilizing attrition; however, driving costs, like retirement, cyber school tuition and special education services continue to increase,” Clark said
The District’s current millage rate is 16.3806 mils; raising the proposed millage rate to the index will increase taxes to 16.9306 mills or $16.94 for each $1,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property. This increase will generate an additional $313,000 for the District. The tax bill for a $100,000 assessed property value will increase approximately $55. Charleroi's adjusted index is 3.4% The proposed 2019-20 budget reflects an increase of $1,048,000 (or 4%) over the current spending plan. “All District revenues and expenditures are continuously reviewed to monitor and locate opportunities to efficiently manage the District finances with a focus on fiscally responsibility.” ~ Crystal Clark
“We have made some incredible progress over the past few years, but there’s still work to do,” said Dr. Zelich. “We are hopeful that this budget will enhance our work with families, volunteers, businesses and nonprofits so we can ensure every child has access to a quality education.”
"While budgets get more difficult each year, we have to establish our priorities," said board President Ken Wiltz. "The board has done an excellent job working with the administration to plan for areas such as school safety, special education costs, technology, and STEAM educational opportunities.
Our School Board, Business Manager, Finance Committee and District administration worked very hard to reduce the budget gap while maintaining the integrity of programs, all while we are needing to allocate funds to plan for the unprecedented academic growth taking place in our district," said Superintendent Dr. Ed Zelich.
Charleroi Area School District was recently recognized as a top ten over performing district in the region according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The rankings were released May 10 by the outlet, which has been ranking districts statewide for 15 years.
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