Central Greene financially sound

January 15, 2013

WAYNESBURG – Central Greene School Board was presented with its annual audit report Tuesday for the 2011-12 school year that ended June 30, 2012, by Cypher and Cypher CPAs.

Steven Cypher told the board the district was financially sound with a general fund balance of $4,124,511, which includes slightly less than $2.5 million of unassigned funds. However, Cypher said the board would need to look to the long term when it considers the future. Cypher said districts across the state are struggling and the board should be happy with the work of former Superintendent Jerome Bartley, business manager Debbie Crouse and acting Superintendent Matt Blair.

Cypher noted all of the suggestions made to the district by his firm have been implemented. Regarding post-retirement benefits, Cypher said ideally a district would want to put away $2.5 million annually to cover them but that is not realistic for most districts. He commended Central Greene for banking $2.4 million already, noting the district was making a good effort and recommending the board look at what it will take to make the amount a smaller down the road.

General fund actual revenues were $1,047,540 above what the board had budgeted for the 2011-12 school year. Cypher said the overage made the district’s budget “very fiscally sound.”

A copy of the audit report is available in the Central Greene business office for public inspection during regular business hours.

On a recommendation from the budget and finance committee, along with the administration, the board adopted a resolution to not raise taxes higher than the district’s Act 1 Index of 2.4 percent for the 2013-14 school year.

According to the resolution, the board certified that increasing any tax at a rate less than or equal to the index is sufficient to balance the district’s final budget of the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The board approved the 2013-14 course selection handbooks for Waynesburg Central High School, including new courses and name changes, per the recommendation of the curriculum and federal programs committee. It also accepted the recommendation of the committee to approve new electives to be offered through Central Greene School District eLearning Academy for the second semester of the current school year.

The building and grounds committee recommendation to approve three 36-month leases between the district and Intermediate Unit 1 for classroom and office space at the East Franklin building was approved from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2015.

A total of $106,659.44 will be collected for the rooms in the first year of the leases with increases of three percent in the second and third years.

Under noninstructional staff, the board approved the transfer of Susan Puthuff from afternoon-shift janitor at Waynesburg Central High School to a vacant afternoon janitor/security position at Waynesburg Elementary School. It also approved a transfer for Charlene Griedel from a part-time day-shift weekend and holiday security position at the high school to a vacant part-time after school security position there.

Under professional and administrative staff, the board approved hiring Erin Giachetti as a long-term substitute for second grade in the elementary school and Caroline Huber as a long-term substitute consumer science teacher in the high school.

The board also approved adding the following to the list of professional substitutes: elementary, Kristin Bocar; nurse, Kristin Hopkins; Intermediate Unit 1, Kelsey Davin, Sandra Marling and Zachary Sargent. Those added to the noninstructional substitute list were Gail King and Autumn D’Eletto.

John Lipscomb was approved by the board as the boys’ varsity assistant track coach.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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