In a surprise move, Owen J. Roberts Superintendent Joel DiBartolomeo resigned his post effective Oct. 7. His contract was to expire June 30, 2014. OJR School Board President John W. Stone stressed that the resignation is a mutually agreeable separation and that the board will not divulge DiBartolomeo’s reason for leaving. DiBartolomeo was hired in Nov. 2009 by the previous school board as a replacement for terminated superintendent Myra Forrest. Assistant Superintendent Kathryn Soeder will serve as “substitute superintendent” until a replacement is appointed.
Upper Dublin administrators presented the school board with a proposed preliminary budget for the 2011-2012 school year. The preliminary plan includes a proposed tax hike of 5.85 percent [Read more...]
Radnor Township School District must face “brutal facts,” including what some officials say is a “structural problem” with how the district is funded and how it spends money according to Superintendent of Schools Linda Grobman. For example, by the year 2015-16 the school district could spend almost the same amount on benefits as it will on salaries, according to a five-year budget outlook. Despite “significant” staff and teacher layoffs and furloughs [Read more...]
The Methacton School Board was able to reduce the expected tax increase for 2010-11 from 6.4 percent to 5.53 by refinancing part of the Skyview Upper Elementary School construction debt. The board also decided to continue the Transitional-First Grade program after parents expressed concern over the loss of the program. If adopted, the school property tax millage will be 25.58, which amounts to an increase of $235.08 in the tax bill of the average home assessed at $176,235 in the district. The expected homestead/farmstead credit is $234.20 for those enrolled. The final budget is set for adoption at the June 22 meeting. The Methacton School District has also announced a public budget forum on June 4 at 11:00 a.m. to allow the community to discuss the proposed budget with the superintendent. Please visit the Methacton School District website for more information.
The West Chester Area School Board on Monday night approved a 2010-2011 budget that includes a 2.83 percent property tax increase. The average increase for the district’s Chester County residents will be $98, while the average increase for its Delaware County residents will be $28, according to district officials. The average tax bill in the district’s Chester County portion, where the average assessed home value is $189,950, will be $3,343; the average tax bill in the district’s Delaware County portion, where the average assessed home value is $289,443, will be $3,980. The district finance committee two weeks ago recommended a budget that included a 3.3 percent tax increase. Board member Maria Armandi Pimley on Monday proposed an amendment to that recommendation that brought the increase to 2.83 percent, and five of the eight board members present voted to accept her amendment.