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Mt Ephraim School Board Cuts Budget

By Leigh Anne Hubbs

NEWS Correspondent

  On May 18 the Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) had a special meeting to approve the 2011-12 school budget.

  Superintendent Joseph Rafferty said the proposed budget originally included a $102,630 tax levy increase, which was defeated by voters in the April 27 School Board election.

  On May 17 School Board members met with Board of Commissioners to discuss the defeated budget and together decided to decrease the budget by the full proposed tax levy increase of $102,630.

  In order to close the gap in the budget, Kershaw PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) students will be serviced in a MD setting.

  Currently, Mary Bray PDD students are serviced in this manner.

  Another factor which helped to close the gap without the need to RIF (Reduction in Force) any employees is that two teachers who are currently on maternity leave have decided not to return to their positions once their leave ends.

  In other news, Board members approved a loan application for just over $307,000 to cover June’s expenses because the State Aid payment will be delayed until July.

  Board President Dominick Cipilone said that the interest rate has yet to be determined.

  Rafferty, Board members and the audience congratulated Principal Michael Hunter and his wife on the birth of their identical twin daughters, who were born May 5.

  The next Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Kershaw’s Media Center.


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