News & Legislation
As school districts across the state finalize their 2018-19 budgets, many continue to face challenging financial conditions requiring cuts and reductions to programs and increased property taxes to offset the annual growth in mandated costs. The latest iteration of the PASBO-PASA School District Budget Report, a joint initiative of PASBO and the PA Association of School Administrators, indicates that school districts continue to struggle to balance their budgets.
The Public School Building Constrution and Reconstruction Advisory Committee released its final report and recommendations on Wednesday, May 23 after nearly two years of work. PASBO member Jeff Mummert, PRSBA, Business Administrator/Board Secretary at South Western School District, served on the Committee and helped craft the final recommendations. The report outlines recommendations including those that suggest streamlining the administrative process and reimbursement formula, developing a small project grant program for maintenance and repair projects and providing flexibility regarding the application of an incentive for compliance with high performance building standards.
Dr. Timothy J. Shrom, currently business manager of Solanco School District where he has been employed for 35 years, has been named director of research for the PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO). Shrom, who will join the PASBO staff on May 1, is a past president of the organization and is a recipient of PASBO's Gary Reeser Award and ASBO International's Eagle Award. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the PA School District Liquid Asset Fund in 2006.