The South Williamsport School Board approved a preliminary $17.8 million budget for the 2014-15 school year Monday, with real estate taxes tentatively set to rise by 2 mills.
The millage rate would increase to 15.9, raising the property tax index above the 2.4 percent maximum allowed by the state.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm, however, stressed the importance of the preliminary nature of the budget.
"This is still a very general, very preliminary budget," he said, noting that Governor Tom Corbett will not release his own budget - which includes the actual amount of state education revenue that the district will receive - until today.
School districts are required to submit their preliminary budgets to the state Department of Education by Feb. 19.
The board voted to adopt the preliminary budget, which was approved 8-0. Voting in favor were John Engel, Donald Lowe, Greg Anthony, Chris Branton, Jerry Broskey, Sam Burch, Cathy Bachman and Sue Davenport. Board member Gregg Balawajder was absent.
In other business, the board voted on the appointments of several athletic coaches for the 2014 spring season:
Jane House, junior high girls soccer head coach, at a salary of $1,704; Chris Molino, Ed March and Mark Ranck, game managers, at a rate of $35 per game; Kent Young, head boys tennis coach, at a salary of $2,978; Shawn Finn, varsity baseball head coach, at a salary of $4,099; Eric Barr, first assistant varsity baseball coach, at a salary of $2,978; Scott Lowery, second assistant varsity baseball coach and junior varsity head coach, at a salary of $2,250; Mike Rodgers, junior high boys soccer head coach, at a salary of $1,872; Scott Stugart, softball head coach, at a salary of $2,909; Mark Tagliaferri, first assistant softball coach, at a salary of $2,036; Chloe March, second assistant softball coach, at a salary of $1,427; Ted Deljanovan, boys/girls track head coach, at a salary of $2,909; Tom Deljanovan, first assistant boys/girls track coach, at a salary of $2,036; Matt Deblander, second assistant boys/girls track coach, at a salary of $1,732; and Jackie Baker, third assistant boys/girls track coach, at a salary of $1,455. All positions were unanimously approved.
The board also accepted the letter of intent to retire from the position of sixth grade learning resource teacher from Julie Ehrgood, who has more than 20 years of service to the district.
The next school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on March 3 at Rommelt Elementary, 515 W. Central Ave.