The ink hasn't dried on Tamaqua School District's 2013/2014 budget, and it's already taken a hit. During a meeting Tuesday, when directors passed the budget, Assistant Superintendent Raymond Kinder told directors that the districts' Title One funding has been reduced by 7 percent.
The budget for 2013-14 holds the tax rate at 33.36 mills and absorbs a $1.4 million shortfall by making up the difference from the districts' reserve fund balance. Revenues are projected to be $25.3 million and expenses $26.7 million.
The ending reserve fund balance for 2012-13 will be $4.7 million; at the end of the 2013-14 school year the ending fund balance is projected to be $3.3 million. The picture doesn't get better for 2014-15, according to projections which predict a $2 million shortfall between revenue and expenses.
The Title One program and funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. It's a 100 percent federally-funded supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to schools, designed to help students meet state performance standards in reading, language arts and mathematics.
The 7 percent cut to the Tamaqua School District's Title One funding, figured in dollars, translates to a reduction of $64,000. After the meeting, Kinder explained that the district will cover the loss by reducing monies spent on professional development and supplies.
The board approved extra-curricular positions: Mark Beltz, band director, auditorium manager/stage manager, audio visual manager; Marsha Rogers, assistant band director, elementary band director, middle school band director; Aimee Biasi, Temple, band silk adviser; Barbara Zontini, substitute coordinator; Thorn Devlin, Tamaqua, ski club adviser; Samantha Yachera, elementary choral director; John Buglio, middle school choral director, high school choral director.