Purchase Line opted to join as an Indiana County Technology Center member at last night’s meeting
Purchase Line currently pays ICTC tuition for the students who take classes there, but now they would like to pay for an ICTC membership instead. If this is approved by ICTC, the cost will be retroactive for the 2013-2014 school year, saving some money. Superintendent Joseph Bradley explains why the more than $1 million cost is justified through financial and school-wide benefits.
The change is coming because ICTC attendance is up, now making it more financially beneficial to become a member instead of paying more tuition fees.
The cost to Purchase Line for this membership is $1,021,234 payable over a period of 20 years in equal annual installments of $51,062 without interest. By paying tuition only, Purchase Line would pay ICTC $223,223 for 2013-2014. By joining as a member, the school would pay $173,366 (including the anual cost of $51,062).
At last month’s meeting, a motion was tabled that would have booted out head girls basketball coach, Rebecca Hudak. This month, the motion to advertise for her position failed to pass by a 4 – 3 vote. One board member, Kevin Smith, shares why he voted to keep her.
The board also acknowledged, however, that they will probably revote on the issue when all board members are present.
John Zahorchak will replace the recently retired Janice Pearce as business manager at a salary of $75,000.
The Purchase Line Board of Education also approved what they called “a very rough and not set in stone” proposed budget for 2014-2015. It shows revenues in the amount of $17,593,644 and expenditures in the amount of $18,572,893. A fund balance of $979,249 will be used to balance the 2014-2015 budget. The millage rates, as adjusted from market values provided by the State Tax Equalization Board, will be 86.82 in Indiana County and 73.48 in Clearfield County. The millage rate reflects a 2.64 mill decrease due to multi-county rebalancing. The result is a tax levy of $2,889,283. When taking into consideration the estimated homestead/farmstead subsidy of $0 (not yet determined) and the 88% estimated collection rate, the amount projected to be collected as real estate revenue is $2,542,569. The discount and penalty rates will be at 2% and 10%, respectively.
Purchase Line’s graduation ceremony will take place June 11. A baccalaureate ceremony will take place the day before, June 10.