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No tax hike expected for Montgomery schools

By Staff | May 27, 2020

MONTGOMERY – Montgomery School Board unanimously approved an initial reading of the proposed general fund budget for the 2020-21 academic year, with about $16,939,794 in expenditures, as well as voted to maintain the current tax rate of 15.21 mills.

Revenue is expected to total $15,941,736, according to Grant Evangelisti, business manager and board secretary.

In other business, Saige Whipple, senior class student, asked the board to consider moving the limited-person graduation in August from the auditorium to the football field for more space.

She said that not only would it help maintain distance between students and the limited amount of family members attending, but it would keep all of the students together instead of separated backstage.

The board members did not take action, though they are looking into a number of ways to make it the best graduation for their senior class.

“We are still tossing around ideas. If changes come, the info will be out right away,” Tony Wright, president, said.

“We appreciate everything that the school board has done,” Whipple said.

The board elected Jon DeSantis as board treasurer for the 2020-21 academic year to replace Dana Pick, board member, who stepped down.

Kyle Mowrey, district wrestling coach, spoke to the board members after learning applications were being accepted for his position, which he has held for seven years. He said he was unaware the administration had any concerns with his performance.

“It came as a surprise,” he said.

Board members did not comment on Mowrey’s remarks.

In addition, board members unanimously approved regular business matters including: a four-year Xerox copier lease, University-District Certification Preparation agreement with Wilkes University, and a renewal agreement with the Nutrition Group.

In another matter, the school board met in an executive session prior to the public meeting to discuss personnel and legal matters.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 16. The location willl be announced via Facebook.