School budget hearing set for March 12

Ford School Board Director Keith Knauss urged school district residents to
offer their public comments regarding the proposed 2012 – 2013 school budget at
a hearing on Monday March 12.

Directors look forward to school district resident comments as part of the
annual budget milestone dates,” Knauss said.

Knauss, who
serves as the finance committee director, wants to listen to public remarks
regarding the pending increase in school taxes Chester County residents are
willing to bear.

John Sanville‘s February 13 board work session remarks confirmed the tax
increase sought by the administration.

Sanville said,
“Cutting the tax increase below the proposed budget, approved by the school
board in January, will result in layoffs. The requested proposed budget is a
maintenance budget which will not offer new programs.”

In addition to
the March 12 public hearing, set for 6 p.m. at the district’s public meeting
room, Knauss said “the April 9, 2012 finance committee meeting will be the
milestone for presentation of the administration’s updated analysis of further
2012 – 13 expense cuts [or revenue enhancement projections].”

residents can review the details of the proposed 2012 – 13 budget at the UCFSD Web
The budget is based on a 3.71 percent increase in school taxes for Chester
County residents and a .73 percent decrease for Delaware County residents. The difference is triggered by
the different real estate valuation methodologies used by the two counties.

Board member Frank Murphy said, “A responsible budget analysis will look at
revenue initiation and controlling district expenditures.”

The board has
formed a Revenue Initiation Committee chaired by newly elected Board member
Victor DuPuis who said, “Community support and community ideas will be the key
to revenue initiation. The board will be looking at potentially offering naming
rights to school facilities including athletic fields and the auditorium. Other
school districts are pursuing selling advertising space on buses and inside
school buildings.”

DuPuis invited
the public to attend and participate in the next Revenue Initiation Committee
meeting which will be held Monday March 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Other News

Unionville High
School Music Department’s presentation “Phantom
of the Opera”
will be held in the new auditorium on
March 15 – 17. Tickets are selling
fast and only limited seating is still available for the Friday night
performance. See the Unionville High
Schools Web page for further details, which include the option purchasing
tickets in advance for $13.!/2012/02/phantom-of-opera-mar-15-17-tickets-on.html

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After 41 years of auditing large NYSE global corporations, former IRS Agent Jim Phreaner was looking for a project in retirement with fewer regulations and more people. He joined the staff at Chadds Ford Live more than a year ago. James Edward “Jim” Phreaner, 64, died suddenly in his Birmingham Township home on Dec.17, 2012. Jim was a devoted husband, son, father, friend, and neighbor.



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