No tax hike in proposed Pine-Richland budget - PineCreek Journal

No tax hike in proposed Pine-Richland budget

Monday, April 15, 2019 | 1:30 AM


The Pine-Richland school board approved the advertisement of the 2019-20 school year budget at its most recent meeting, and it does not include a proposed tax increase for residents.

The proposed budget includes total expenditures of $91,499,535 and total revenues of $91,230,147 with the utilization of assigned fund balance in the amount of $269,389.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Miller pointed out that the budget includes a 10-year capital funding plan that maps out planned work to infrastructure, buildings and equipment.

“One of the long-range strategies that was discussed for multiple years and has been implemented is an attempt to support capital investment through the operating budget,” Miller said. “The proposed final budget here has about $3.3 million in capital expenditures, about $3 million of which are addressed within the operating budget.”

Miller said this allows them to continue to maintain and support their capital assets while not taking on additional debt.

“As we look at that capital funding plan as it continues, there will come a time when we need to consider additional millage implications of small increases or adjustments in order to support those future capital projects, but that time is not now, and we’re very thankful and appreciative to have this presented for the board,” Miller said.

• Longtime director of facilities management honored — The district honored Gary Zang, who will retire at the end of this school year after 30 years of service. During his tenure, Zang oversaw a number of major projects within the district, including the construction of the new high school in 1993, additions to the high school in 2000 and 2012, the completion of the stadium in 2001, the transformation of Richland High School into Richland Elementary, and the construction of Eden Hall Upper Elementary.

“In addition to the projects, so much of Gary’s leadership was with the people of the department,” Miller said. “It is a challenging leadership and management role to work with so many employees within maintenance and custodial and to build and develop those relationships, to know how to be clear with expectations and yet flexible in understanding he’s going to be working with a wide range of people with various approaches is significant. That is something learned and that’s the nature of who he is.”

• Lyons reelected — School board president Peter Lyons was re-elected to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Board of Directors. Intermediate units are regional educational service agencies designed to provide efficient, high-quality programs to public and private schools as well as serve as liaisons between school districts and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The board consists of 13 elected members and Lyons was selected by other school board directors from the county.