FOXBURG - The A-C Valley School Board last week gave its final approval to a 2020-21 budget with two of the four counties in the district seeing a tax increase.

Butler County will see an increase of .79 mills compared to 2019-20 while Venango County residents will see an increase of .59 mills over 2019-20.

The real estate millage rates for the four counties in the district are as follows: Clarion County 54.64, Armstrong County 32.16, Butler County 66.93, Venango County 13.64. It is estimated the net real estate revenues will raise $3,631,127.

Clarion County makes up 31 percent of A-C Valley School District, Venango makes up 47 percent; Butler makes up 14 percent; and Armstrong makes up 9 percent of the district.

Clarion County residents see a minus-6.04 percent reduction of the millage rate from the 2019-20 budget to the 2020-21 budget.

The budget shows the 2020-21 real estate tax increases remaining within a state-mandated Act 1 index of 3.6 percent.

Estimated expenditures are $16,354,652 and estimated revenues are $15,129,277.

Included in the budget's total expenditures amount of $16.4 million is the cost of instruction at $10,115,568; operation and maintenance of plant services at $1,546,266; student transportation services at $1,220,300; student activities at $361,617; and other expenditures and financing uses at $561,337.

Revenue from local sources is estimated at $4,791,854 million including $2,981,164 in local taxes, $736,570 in tuition from patrons $445,650 in current Act 511 taxes (proportional assessments).

The district is also receiving $9,579,415 million from state sources and $758,008 from federal sources.

A-C Valley Superintendent David McDeavitt reported the district had eliminated one administrative position. McDeavitt also stated the school is also looking to eliminate some of the teachers' aide positions. McDeavitt stated the district went from employing five teachers' aides in the 2016-17 school year to 15 aides in the 2019-20 school year.

In other business, the board:

lApproved a one-year contract between the A-C Valley School District and the Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corporation.

lHired Zach Shekell to act as legal for the district at a rate of $100 per hour for attorney time and $30 per hour for legal assistant time for the 2020-21 school year.

lHired Mark J. Kubar of Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, PC to provide legal services to the district at the rate of $210 per hour. Rates of other associates within the firm will be $195 per hour and paralegals will be $90.

lHired Dean Whitmer upon receipt of all appropriate documentation as junior high golf coach at a supplemental salary of $640

lHired Melinda Hoffman upon receipt of all appropriate documentation as junior high cheerleading coach at a supplemental salary of $805.

lApproved Russell Carr as a volunteer with the elementary and high school boys basketball programs upon receipt of all appropriate documentation.

lAccepted the resignation of Cindy Maihle, part-time child specific aide.

lApproved the elimination of three part-time child specific aides due to budgetary concerns.

lAccepted a letter of resignation from third-grade teacher Allison Birckbichler.

lHired Emily Redfoot as an elementary special education teacher upon receipt of all appropriate documentation at a salary of $46,828.

lApproved the 2020-21 fringe benefit costs for professional staff, support staff and inactive support staff.

lApproved the district's 2020-21 homestead/farmstead exemption tax discount of $183.

That discount is funded by slot-machine gambling revenues collected by the state.

The next A-C Valley School Board meeting is scheduled for July 20.