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LASD Adopts 2021-22 Budget with 3 Percent Tax Increase

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The Board of the Littlestown Area School District approved the 2021-2022 fiscal year final budget. The budget includes all staffing, program, and activity needs of the school district, as well as the need to put aside money to fund future Capital Projects. The budget calls for a 3.0% tax increase to help fund the district’s goals.

The budget passed with Dolores Nester, Robert Hahn, Melinda Jones, Brian Lawyer, Carl Thompson, and Yancy Unger voting to pass the budget, and Jennifer McClay, Jeanne Ewen, and Shari Kruger voting against the motion.

Other spending was also approved by the LASD Board to retain the current services from Pro-Quality Cleaning for the continued sanitization of the building and vehicles in line with the LASD Health and Safety Plan. The board unanimously approved the Proposal by Bluebird Bus Lines to purchase a new bus with a price tag of $87,610.

The board also approved the 4-year Administration Agreement for the newly created position of Assistant to the Superintendent. LASD will welcome Dr. Timothy Mitzel to fill this position effective August 1, 2021 or upon his release from his former employer. Also approved was a new Secondary Spanish Teacher, Felicia Trentacoste. She will fill the position which was left vacant in March, 2021.

Superintendent Christopher Bigger announced that the LASD Board meetings are now open to the public.

The next meeting of the board will be August 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

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Christina Grim grew up in Shippensburg, PA, Franklin County, and graduated from Shippensburg Area High School. She is an experienced interviewer, researcher, and news reporter, having worked for the Shippensburg News-Chronicle as a staff reporter during college. Driven by the desire to know the facts and answers to today’s issues, she takes seriously the importance of providing the best reporting possible. Ms. Grim earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Messiah College and has worked in her field, either in print or radio/streamed media for the last 25 years. As a single mother, she has learned that the best things in life come from hard work and multi-tasking. She is the mother of two adult children and two cats

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