Oxford School Board adopts budget with no tax increase
● By Steven Hoffman
The Oxford School Board unanimously adopted a $69.2 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year on May 15. No tax increase will be necessary to balance the spending plan, district officials said.
The year-to-year expenditures are increasing by about $727,227, or 1.06 percent. Some line items in the budget are increasing by more than that—the state-mandated PSERS costs are one example—but Oxford is also seeing a decrease in other expenditures to balance the increases out.
Oxford also saw a year-to-year increase in revenues of $103,000 from local sources for the current year.
With no tax increase necessary, the millage rate will remain at 31.1484 mills for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
With the current school year rapidly coming to a close, Oxford Area School District officials recognized the accomplishments of several students and groups of students during the meeting.
High school principal James Canaday introduced Frankie Fattori, who is the valedictorian for the high school's Class of 2018. Fattori earned a grade-point-average of 4.6 during his time at the high school. He will be heading to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.
Canaday also talked about the recent accomplishments of Chris Goodrich, who placed first out of 91 competitors in the Introduction to Business competition at the state’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference last month. What makes Goodrich's performance even more impressive, Canaday noted, is the fact that he is only a freshman. Next, Goodrich will travel to Baltimore for the National FBLA Conference in June.
The school district recognized the members of the Oxford chapter of the Future Farmers of America. This program has grown quickly after it was relaunched in the district last year.
The Oxford Area School District has partnered with Cecil College on the Early College Academy, which allows high school students to take classes and earn college credits while they are still in high school. Canaday recognized the fifteen high school students who are part of the first class of Early College Academy graduates. The graduation ceremony took place on May 20. These students have now earned associate's degrees as they all move on to continue their academic careers.
“These individuals are true trailblazers,” Canaday said of the Early College Academy.
The school board thanked Alina Snopkowski for her service as the student representative to the school board for the last year. School board president Joseph Tighe presented Snopkowski with a plaque.
The school board approved a five-year contract for Michael Garrison to continue to serve as the district’s director of human resources. His appointment is effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.
The school district set participation fees at $75 for participating in a sport at the high school and $50 for participating in a sport at the
The Oxford School Board approved the firm of Barbacane, Thornton & Cmpany LLP to serve as the auditor for the next fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. It will cost $50 for high school students to park at the school.
Dr. Drew C. Eckman, DDS was appointed to serve as school dentist. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network was designated as the school district's physician for the 218-2019 school year.
The school board will meet again on Tuesday, June 12 for a work session. The next regular meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 19. Both meetings will take place at 7 p.m. in the district's Administration Building.