The Montrose Area School Board received the June 30, 2021 audit report from Paul Murphy Jr., of Murphy, Dougherty & Co., at the Monday, March 14 meeting.
Murphy commended the district for financially navigating the year well, by paying off debt and increasing the fund balance. He advised the district to be “diligent and monitor expenses” to continue the trend.
“It was a pretty great year in comparison to what you have seen over the past four to five years,” Murphy told the board. The district’s fund balance has increased from 5-6% to 18%.
Murphy also noted that the district now pays nearly $4 million for pension and health insurance. He reflected that in 2012, those costs were under $1 million for the district. He also noted that the state reimburses the district 50 percent of those costs.
The board accepted the audit report as submitted.
The Montrose Area Kiwanis Club presented the Choconut Valley and Lathrop Street elementary sixth grade classes with checks for $2,500 each for their class trips. Elk Lake will also be receiving a donation.
The Susquehanna County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented Lauretta Woodson Awards to Christina Casey, high school a technology integration specialist, and Sarah Springsteen, a paraeducator at Choconut Valley.
Loretta Woodson award: Pennsylvania Assoc. of School Retirees Ellen Holdredge and John Manchester, president SusqCo chapter.
Jr-Sr High School Principal Eric Powers told the board that two new courses would be offered in the next school year, Principles of Engineering – a Project Lead the Way class; and Advanced Fitness – geared toward seniors looking to move on to careers in kinesiology, personal training, physical therapy, or those who plan to play college-level athletics.
The board accepted, with regret, the resignation for purpose of retirement from bus contractors William J. & Evelyn Goff, effective the last day of school.
McComb told the board the Bill Goff had been a driver and contractor with the district for 55 years and thanked him for his dedication.
The board also accepted, with regret, the resignation for the purpose of retirement from:
Thomas Style, special education teacher at the Jr-Sr High School;
Kathryn Pierce-Evans, special education teacher at the Jr-Sr High School;
Heidi Borgia, fifth grade teacher at Lathrop Street Elementary;
Thomas Evans, custodian, retroactive to Feb. 28; and
Judy Vibbard, food service.
The board also ratified a new collective bargaining agreement between the district and the Montrose Education Support Professional Association, for a term of July 1 – June 30, 2025.