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directed to expenses already in the budget.

Under expenditures, she relates, “The biggest expenses are salaries and benefits, as you would imagine.” She showed salaries at $15,694,990 and benefits at about $7.5 million. Teacher salaries amount to over $11 million. Staffing for the reinstated extra-curricular staff is earmarked at $344,277 –“for bring back those K-8th grade sports.”

Thanks to utilizing a broker for medical insurance, she said, the consultant, “Creative Benefits, was able to keep things relatively the same as last year.”

In her summary, Lomax pointed out that the increase from the current 9.2516 millage will mean an increase of the average Mountaintop house costs $172,000 and has a current tax bill of $1,591. 28. The proposed rate, she explained, will increase the tax bill by $42.95.

The anticipated fund balance at the start of the new budget year is $5,443,512.

The board approved the proposed budget and will finalize it at the June meeting. Under reports, Finance Committee Chair Ken Malkemes said, “The board will continue to work with the administration and the business office to adjust that budget right up to the 19th of June when we adopt the final budget.”

The public was reminded by Superintendent David McLaughlin-Smith that the budget is available online for review.

In other business, Student Representative Kyle Rozitski reported that the Crestwood High School Marching Band was invited to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC on May 26th.

Also, the following Seniors will continue their athletic and academic pursuits at the colleges/universities noted: Anthony Caladie –University of Scranton (Baseball), Billy Dombroski –King’s College (Golf), Joe Hurn –Lackawanna College (Golf), Allison Kachel –University of Utah (Cross Country), Morgan Kile –Ohio State (Field Hockey), Brian Knorr –Valley Forge College (Cross Country), Kailee Krupski –Slippery Rock University (Field Hockey), Brian Markowski –University of Scranton (Baseball), Brandon Ruckle –Kutztown University (Football), Marissa Surdy –University of Delaware (Field Hockey), Gabrielle Termini –West Chester University (Soccer), and Taryn Wojnar –Lycoming College (Volleyball).

Crestwood High School received an American flag from Sergeant Tanya Gregory, mother of Junior Mackenzi Gregory. The flag was flown in honor of Crestwood High School over the 365th Engineer Battalion Headquarters, Parwan Province, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, to show their appreciation of our support of our military.