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In keeping with the district’s wellness policy, it wasn’t topped with vanilla ice cream, but the apple crisp was delicious all by itself when the Blue Ridge School Board gathered for its first public meeting of the new school year on September 14.
According to Board President Harold Empett, the board had met in executive session twice in August on personnel matters, once to evaluate Superintendent Chris Dyer on his one-year anniversary at Blue Ridge. The board took 20 minutes or so out of the start of its business meeting for yet another executive session, this time to discuss a faculty member’s request for a 6-month sabbatical. There were indications that the request was controversial, and when the matter later came up on the agenda, the sabbatical was granted pending receipt of an “official medical statement” from the individual’s physician.
September 16 was the date of the Susquehanna Community School Board meeting. It was also day 78 of the state budget impasse. School districts are required to have their budgets for the coming year in place by July, which the district did, but without a state budget in place the district won't know exactly what funding they will receive from the state until the state budget is approved.
With no state budget, the district will need to reopen their budget if increases are not forthcoming. The district will also need to obtain a Tax Anticipation Note to cover expenses for October and November. The approximate cost to the district for the TAN, $14,000 in associated fees, is an unbudgeted expense.
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