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could be raised using just the
Act 1 index.
Before Melone made his
presentation, the board heard
from Tom Rainey of Bonita &
Rainey, who performed an
audit for the district for the
2010-11 school year.
Rainey’s report showed the
district actually spent about
$1.3 million less than what it
had budgeted, and the dis-
trict also had a surplus of
$657,000 in revenues.
Melone said that brought
the district’s fund balance,
akin to a savings account, to
a total of $2.5 million, but
most of that money will be
needed to cover shortfalls in
the 2012-13 budget.
Melone noted that salary
and health care benefits will
continue to increase over
time. This year the increases
will set the district back by
$1.5 million. Salaries and
benefits contribute to about
69 percent of the budget.
“Even if you use the fund
balance to cover this cost,
you still have a $1.5 million
deficit for the next year and
then some,” said Melone.
Last year the board faced
difficult decisions in its bud-
geting process due to a major
decrease in state funding.
The district managed to save
money by not replacing retir-
ing teachers, furloughing
about five teachers, curtail-
ing certain programs and cut-
ting costs for transportation
and supplies.
The district also complete-
ly revamped its curriculum,
and Superintendent James
McGovern said the district
has few options to fill the
funding gaps.
McGovern estimated the
district’s fund balance will be
left with $30,000 after this
year’s budgeting process.
“The governor intended to
make school districts use ev-
erything they have,” said
McGovern. “We have taken
drastic measures ... we're do-
ing more with less. Now
we're just going to have to
develop alternate sources of
McGovern also said nego-
tiating teachers’ salaries,
which will occur at the end of
next year when the current
contract runs out, will not
solve the long-term funding
“You can’t count on nego-
tiations to solve the issues,”
he said. “We have fantastic
teachers. We're doing well
because our people are good,
and we don’t want to sacri-
fice that.”
The board will vote on a
proposed final budget in May
before voting on a final bud-
get at the end of June.
In other news, the board ...
e Heard from Johnna
Evans, president of the Lake-
Lehman Foundation, about
its upcoming annual tea at
the Penn State Wilkes-Barre
campus in April. The founda-
tion will award scholarships
to Lake-Lehman seniors at
the April 15 event. Students
have until March 1 to apply
for various scholarships of-
fered by the foundation. Ap-
plication forms can be found
on the district’s website.
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signation from Christopher
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health and physical educa-
tion teacher, effective Dec.
23, 2011, and appointed Krys-
tal Miner of Hunlock Creek
as a temporary substitute in
the position with a salary of
e Appointed Wendy Ide, of
Shavertown, and Alyson Pau-
lauskas, also of Shavertown,
as special education substi-
tutes. Board member David
Paulauskas abstained from
the vote for Alyson Paulaus-
kas due to his relation to the
e Appointed the following
coaches for the 2011-12
school year: Larry Egan as
volunteer assistant softball
coach, Sherry Metz as junior
high assistant girls basket-
ball coach, Janice O’Brien as
assistant swim coach, Kelly
Spencer Adamshick as head
girls soccer coach, Paul Call-
ahan as varsity assistant girls
soccer coach, Corey Brin as
head boys volleyball coach,
Shane Kupsky as varsity as-
sistant baseball coach, Wal-
ter Sorber as junior high as-
sistant baseball coach, Brian
Gorski as volunteer assistant
baseball coach, John Sobo-
cinski as head track and field
coach, Williams Kvashay as
varsity assistant track and
field coach, Gary Grandinetti
as varsity assistant track and
field coach, Justin Mazur as
junior high assistant track
and field coach, Scott Summa
as junior high assistant track
and field coach and Matthew
Nonnenberg as junior high
assistant track and field
eo Appointed David Gam-
bel, of Pocono Lake, as assist-
ant band director and indoor
percussion instructor for the
2011-12 school year.
eo Appointed Dante Mar-
mo, of Old Forge, as a volun-
teer indoor percussion in-
structor for the 2011-12
school year.
e Approved a medical
leave of absence for Judith
Heller, food service staff, ef-
fective Dec. 8, 2011 through
Jan. 13, 2012.
e Appointed Kelly Magda-
linski, of Shavertown, and
Teri Weston, of Hunlock
Creek, as support staff sub-
e Appointed Richard Slu-
zale Jr. as head custodian for
the junior/senior high school
effective Jan. 12, with a sala-
ry of $12.30 per hour.
e Exonerated John Davis,
of Sweet Valley, from pay-
ment of real estate taxes on
property located in Ross
Township due to a disability
that occurred during a period
of war or armed conflict as
determined by the state De-
partment of Military and Vet-
erans Affairs.
e Authorized a refund for
Anthony J. Jr. and Diane Wa-
laitis for two properties in
Harveys Lake Borough in the
amounts of $85.17 and $42.58
as determined by court order
of the Luzerne County Board
of Assessment Appeals.
e Endorsed a grant applica-
tion for the Luzerne Interme-
diate Unit No. 18 for the
“Plains Veterans Memorial
Educational Opportunity
Center” project.
e The next Lake-Lehman
School Board meeting will be
held at 7 p.m. on Monday,
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