SAEGERTOWN — A pair of suggestions for increasing revenues offered during PENNCREST School Board’s recent battle to balance the district’s 2012-13 budget are ready to be put into place in time for the beginning of the school year. As the June 30 deadline for having a balanced budget in place loomed, special committees met to weigh the district’s financial options.
Board members are expected to give final nods to separate proposals hiking adult ticket prices to athletic events and imposing new student parking fees during their monthly meeting Thursday night. Both suggestions emerged from the ad hoc budget committees.
The suggestion to impose a student parking fee came from both students and members of the community, Andy Wheeling, the district’s supervisor of kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum, told the board during its monthly work session Monday night.
Board members informally agreed that the suggested $10 per semester or $20 per year fee sounded reasonable.
In response to a question from board member Jason Bakus, Wheeling noted that since students have already been required to register their vehicles, the only change in the traditional registration process will be the collection of the new fee.
In response to requests from community participants serving on budget-related committees, administrators recommended boosting adult ticket prices to sports events from the current $3 to a new $4 level, while allowing the student admission price to remain at the current $2. “After deliberation, it was decided that we want to encourage students to attend,” Wheeling said in response to questions about the absence of a recommendation to boost student admissions, too.
When school board President Luigi DeFrancesco wanted to know if an increase in the adult ticket price to $5 would have worked, “We didn’t want to raise it too much all at once,” Wheeler replied.
Increasing adult ticket prices to athletic events and establishing a parking fee for students are expected to be put to a vote during PENNCREST School Board’s meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s Administration Center, Route 198, Saegertown.
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