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PMSD Budget Update 2019-2020

Pocono Mountain School District Board of Education has extended a new contract agreement for professional staff by three years. The contract provides for an annual salary increase of 3%, the cost of which will be significantly offset by the greater professional staff employee cost sharing on health insurance.

“The board continues to strive for fiscal responsibility, while trying to hold the line on taxes for our property owners,” said Rusty Johnson, Board President. The budget proposal for the District’s 2019-2020 fiscal year holds the line on taxes with no increase in millage or property taxes for district property owners for the 8th consecutive year.

The new budget projects total revenues of $220 million, including $122,229,009 from property tax collection, $67,426,745 from the state and $3.9 million from federal sources. The final budget has total expenditures of $220 million.

The Pocono Mountain Education Support Professionals (PMESP) and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) continue to negotiate in good faith with the Pocono Mountain school board of directors to prevent the outsourcing of 200 employees in the Pocono Mountain School District Transportation Department to the private, for-profit company First Student.

Jessica Sabol of PSEA feels that through consolidation and streamlining of transportation services, they can find additional savings next year that would avoid raising taxes. “We are continuing the negations and feel optimistic that the board wants to do the right thing and what’s best for the kids and their safety,” said Sabol.

“Pocono Mountain School District continues its good faith bargaining with the support staff association regarding Student Transportation Services,” said Wendy Frable, District spokesperson.

—Maria Francis

 

[Original Article: Pocono Record]

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