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School Budget Will Get Public Input Monday

The Upper Dublin School Board will hold a budget-centric meeting at the high school.

The Upper Dublin School Board didn’t go into depth on the budget before it passed the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget earlier this month, but residents will have a chance to weigh tonight.

The Upper Dublin School Board will meet Monday at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room at the high school. According to Katie Braun, the school district’s assistant to the superintendent, the community will have a chance to voice concerns over the budget at the end of the meeting; the meeting will start off with a budget presentation from school district business administrator Brenda Jones Bray.

See the proposed agenda in the pdf section.

There will be another meeting focusing on the budget March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room.

The school district is facing a budget crunch; last month Superintendent Michael Pladus said the district could face several cuts.

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Phillip Green February 22, 2013 at 03:24 AM
They need to go through with the cuts that Pladus proposed. We can't afford the staff or the programs. The community can't afford another tax hike. Taxpayers have just financed a new high school, that's more than enough. The school district has to start living within its own means.
Don M February 22, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Expect very little in the way of details. More obfuscation from Ms. Bray through selective omissions, misleading presentations and partial backtracking. I'll still tune in, though, there's always something intriguing about watching a train wreck. Mr. Green, don't expect the district to ever intend to live within its means so long as this Board is in control with their lead-from-the-heart approach. The only reason they are talking about cuts now is because they have backed themselves into a corner after years of irresponsible spending. You can still expect the max tax increase but that won't be enough to close the gap. And unless I missed a vote somewhere, in spite of these shortfalls they are STILL pursuing a $500,000 investment into a turf field. Anyone see anything wrong here? Blame the person in the mirror for these hardships, not the teachers, administrators, the economy, the state, or any other scapegoat. Your elected representatives have been blindly racing deeper into this quicksand since they reached office.
RightofAttilatheHun February 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Both Messrs Green and Don M have it right. Please see my Ambler Gazette letter this week and come to the Budget meeting Monday (25th) and then to the Legislative meetings (perhaps you have been coming but I can not keep track of all those that do come) and raise your voice there as well. It is truly appreciated and the UDSB needs to hear from the taxpayers and not kiss the rings of the union leadership.
Bill February 24, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Average salary for a teacher in UD is $88,000. There is a 40 percent benefit package that raises total compensation to $123,000. With 15 years’ tenure, MS degree and 15 additional credits, the salary is $102,054 and total compensation is $142,856, entire summer vacation and guaranteed pensions. The contract is extensively in excess of the private employment. Also available to the teachers are after-hour paid coaching, club sponsors and tutoring positions at sizable hourly rates. Is this the article RightonAttila, or is there another?
Joe Koenig February 24, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Perhaps the salaries are only one issue. Perhaps overstaffing of teachers is more important. Is it possible the staffing for the HS was geared for 1600 students as touted when the new HS was promoted? 10-15 too many teachers is over $1,000,000 in reduction of salaries and benefits. Not to mention class sizes of 16 or 17 in some elementary school classes. As stated above, all ther cuts are around the edges and make no significant reductions, only mobilizing parents of these groups. Also getting rid of the Nutrition nonsense and declining the Federal mandates for food services would go a long way to making food services profitable again.
Bill February 24, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Since 2004, school taxes of 73.4 percent a compounded increase, averaging 6.3 percent a year. Core inflation has been about half that amount reads the letter to the Ambler Gazette. Salaries are the biggest problem, cutting 10-15 teachers will have a compounding effect since benefits alone are to increase $5k per teacher in 2-3 years, or so I understand it. I agree everything should be on the table. Those that got us here should have more skin in the game and solutions should include salary reductions in the School Board on down.
Theresa McSpadden February 25, 2013 at 09:37 PM
I voted against having the new high school, when a more fiscal conservative approach to rehabbing the high school could have been done. Abington High School did not raze their 1955 building, they added additions and the necessary rewiring and upgrades. We did not need to have in piped in audio in the swimming pool. UD time and time again caters to those who have an unlimited amount of money to spend on taxes. It is going to cause us to move back to Abington (as we moved here as empty nesters 12 years ago when our home sold first day in Abington this was the only small size rancher on the market at the time with a basement), Only five years to retirement and hopefully the market will be back and back to a township that deals with the school district budget and township taxes in a more prudent fiscal manner as not everyone has unlimited money. UD is forcing the retirees out!
udresident February 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM
The main reason our taxes are so high is that our business tax base is so small. And that is not going to change unless the situation at the Ft Washington Office park changes. I feel bad for people who have lived here for years, and are on a fixed income. But I can't imagine why anyone would move to Upper Dublin if they were empty nesters. The big draw here is the schools.
Bill February 27, 2013 at 03:50 PM
@UDresident Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Most twps don't have the large corporate tax base that UD has enjoyed. Businesses have and will continue to CLOSE, due to the economic policies that have been employed. Salaries and benefits for government employees and their spending agenda is why taxes are going up. Please... Look at any Dem controlled major city such as Detroit, Phila, Chicago, the whole state of Cali. for that matter. Businesses and people are fleeing them because of the tax burdens and mismanagement the officials put on them to pay for spending. Same goes for UD. There have been 2 or more FORECLOSURES right on Ft. Washington Ave. People did move here for the schools, now they can't afford to live or move here because of the history and projected rate of taxation.

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