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  • Recent court decision has statewide implications

    • Monday, September 12, 2016
    • PASBO

    A recent Court decision in Lower Merion School District has significant implications for districts across the state. Despite the fact that Lower Merion adhered to all applicable laws, provided appropriate transparency regarding financial decisions, engaged in careful, long-term financial planning and budgeted conservatively in light of the myriad of fluctuating issues that are beyond their control, they are being criticized and penalized for coming in under budget and planning for future taxpayer savings. In response to this erroneous decision, PASBO has prepared two documents that highlight the challenges of school district budgeting.

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  • Act 1 Base Index is 2.5% for 2017-18

    • Thursday, September 8, 2016
    • PASBO

    The link to the official Act 1 index notice is below.  http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol46/46-37/1557.html Individual indices for those with MV/PI aid ratios greater than .40 will be released later at this link: http://www.education.pa.gov/teachers%20-%20administrators/property%... or you can calculate your own using this formula.  For school districts with a market value/personal income aid ratio (MV/PI AR) greater than 0.4000, the value of their index is adjusted upward by multiplying the base index by the sum of 0.75 and their MV/PI AR. For example, if the base index is 2.5% and the school district's MV/PI AR is 0.6000, the school district's adjusted index is 2.5% x (0.75 + 0.6000) = 3.4%.

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  • PASBO FACILITIES MANAGEMENT/TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE

    • Thursday, September 1, 2016
    • PASBO

    Join us for the PASBO Facilities Management/Transportation Conference, October 27-28, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville PA. School facility management affects teaching and learning, student and staff health, day-to-day building operation, and the long-range fiscal health of the entire education organization. Three specialized facilities tracks will provide targeted programming for facilities managers/directors, custodial supervisors/trainers and SchoolDude product users. Transporting students to and from school is a critical mission. The transportation track will provide knowledge and tools to increase safety, maximize efficiencies, assist with reporting requirements and respond to emerging issues.  

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