Brandywine approves tax increase, 3 percent raise for administration

Brandywine Heights High School

Brandywine Heights School Board of the Area School District unanimously passed the final 2013-14 general fund budget on June 3 with a tax increase and a 3 percent raise for administration.

Nancy Krauss, Business Manager, Brandywine Heights Area School District, noted that the budget included a total revenue of $29,591,206 and total expenditures of $29,791,204. To balance the budget the board approved the planned use of fund balance of $200,000.

The final budget also included a tax increase of 1.05 mills from 31.25 to 32.30, according to Krauss.

“There were 7.7 teaching positions and 5 para-professional/aide positions cut during the budget process,” she said.

From preliminary adoption on Feb. 4 through final adoption on June 3, Krauss said the revenue was increased $285,000 and expenditures decreased $1,380,000. See the summary of changes below, provided by Krauss.

Preliminary Revenue Budget Approved February 4, 2013$29,294,835

Revenue Changes:

State Revenue changes based on Governor’s Budget: 159,283

Adjustments to Projected Local Revenues: (5,167)

Increased Fees for Athletics and Facility Use: 24,466

Adjusted State Revenue for Soc. Sec. & Retire: (50,089)

Real Estate Tax Incresed - Greater use of Retirement Exception: 169,690

Reduction of IDEA Federal Funds passed thru BCIU: (9,480)

Increased ACCESS Funds: 7,668

Total Changes to Revenue: 296,371

Final Revenue Budget for Approved June 3, 2013: 29,591,206

Preliminary Expenditure Budget Approved February 4, 2013: 31,170,864

Expenditure Changes:

Staffing Reductions - Wages & Benefits: (803,062)

Technology Plan Revised to phase in 1-to-1: (143,030)

Curriculum/Instruction & Building Instruction Budgets Reduced: (41,753)

Operations & Maintenance Plan Revised, Projects Deferred: (288,500)

Removed Addition of Contracted School Resource Officer: (31,520)

Reductions in Tuition to Other Schools: (49,800)

Reductions to Utilities Budget: (15,000)

Reductions to Student Transportation: (18,343)

Net All Other Changes: 11,348

Total Changes to Expenditures: (1,379,660)

Final Expenditure Budget for Approved June 3, 2013: 29,791,204

Planned Use of Fund Balance: (199,998

All the budget presentations and forms are on the district website www.bhasd.org on the school board-budget page.

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