New software for MASD tax collectors

The Montrose Area School Board entered into a memorandum of understanding with Susquehanna County to designate Government Software Services (GSS) as the preferred provider of tax collection software to be used by all tax collectors in the county.
The county will pay two-thirds and the district will pay one-third of the cost to purchase the software, maintenance and support.
The move was approved at the Monday, March 13 board meeting.
In a related motion, the board approved the agreement with GSS to provide the software at a rate of $10 per month per Montrose Area School District tax collector, with an annual total not to exceed $1,320.
The registration of new students in the Montrose Area School District will no longer be done in the individual school buildings.
Instead, new students will register in the District Administration Offices, located at the rear of the Jr.-Sr. High School in Bridgewater Twp.
The board approved the district’s withdrawl from the Pa. Dept. of Education’s Burwau of Career & Technical Education Diversified Occupations Program and plans to continue to offer co-operative education as an elective course for students.
On the legislative front, the board adopted a resolution calling for reform of funding for cyber charter schools; as well as a resolution urging legislative action on school employee pension reform.
The board did not approve the adoption of a resolution opposing the state’s property tax shift plan.
The dis-enrollment of a Choconut Valley Elementary student due to non-residency was tabled by the board.
Other items approved by the board included:
*re-enact exoneration from paying percapita and/or occupation taxes for taxpayers who are 65 years of age or older, permanently disabled, and full-time students;
*an occupational therapy professional services agreement with Tier Occupational Therapy Services from July 1 through June 30, 2018 at a total cost not to exceed *79,000;
*accepted with regret resignations from: Salvatore Gatto, assistant football coach; Sandra Howell, basketball cheerleading advisor; and Caleb Salsman, junior varsity boys soccer coach;
*appointed the following coaches: Timothy Weidow, assistant football coach at a salary of $3,185; and Chris Youngstrom, assistant football coach at a salary of $3.185. The appointments are effective at the start of the fall 2017 sports season;
*accepted with regret the resignation for purpose of retirement from Leaon Allen, transportation contractor, effective the beginning of the 2017-18 school year;
*approved a commercial energy sales agreement with Champion Energy Services providing for reduced electric rates from May 2018 through May 2020;
*presented first reading of a new policy on Diabetes Management; and revised policies on School Wellness and Food Services.
The next meeting of the Montrose Area School Board will be held on Monday, April 10, in the Junior-Senior High School Community Learning Center. The work session begins at 7 p.m., and is immediately followed by the business meeting.

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