JC school board to approve budget

MIFFLINTOWN — Residents of Juniata County School District will see a new interim superintendent if approved by the district’s board of directors during its voting meeting next Thursday.

The board reviewed items that will appear on next week’s agenda Wednesday, which include appointing Assistant Superintendent Christie Holderman as interim superintendent, a seat that has been held by Shawn Kovac since February, when previous superintendent, Keith Yarger, resigned.

If approved, Holderman would take over as interim superintendent on June 28. Kovac also serves as the executive director of Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11.

According to Kovac, who led Wednesday’s meeting, the board will also vote on a $39.2 million final budget for the 2019-20 school year.

The budget includes a proposed real estate tax of 63.3409 mills, a $5 per capita tax, a $5 resident tax, a $10 flat rate occupational tax, a 1 percent real estate transfer tax, a 1 percent earned income tax and a 5 percent amusement tax.

If approved, the tax increase would be effective July 1, 2019.

Business Manager Richard Meily said the tax increase came down slightly from the previous board meeting– from a one-third to just over a one-quarter percent tax increase.

Also on the agenda will be a motion to approve the 2019 annual levy tax resolution and the 2019 Homestead/Farmstead exclusion resolution.

Jeff Harris, of Reynolds Construction, which manages construction for consolidation for the district’s elementary school, discussed a number of change orders that will come before the board next week.

He stated that after the change orders are approved, the consolidation project will have a balance of about $47,300.

An executive session was held after the meeting to discuss personnel issues and pending litigation.

Board members Mark Wagner, Danny Snyder, Joe Shearer and Christine McLaughlin were absent from Wednesday’s meeting and Angie Varner and Amy Wagner were participated via speaker phone.

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