Committee of the Whole- Budget Work Session
February 19, 2019

The administration is expected to recommend the 3% tax increase since they need to raise taxes as much as allowed by the state to pay for the estimated $220 million debt for new construction.

Read full report here.


Avon Grove School Board Meeting
January 24, 2019

Budget: Shocking Revelation:  Even with maximum tax increases for the next 4 years based on the Act 1 Index (ranging 3 to 3.56%), the fund balance (savings or reserves) will be dramatically impacted with the Overall Fund Balance (including Capital Projects) decreasing from $61.5 million starting 2019-20 to $12.0 million ending 2022-23.
Testing scores for AG students in Math, English and Language Arts (ELA) and Science were presented.

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Committee of the Whole- Planning and Construction
January 17, 2019

Update from the Integration Committee, Project Schedule and Potential Projects to be Discussed at Future

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Facilities and Finance Committee Meetings
January 15, 2019

Long Range Plan Update, 2019-20 Budget First Look, Taxes to continue to rise to the MAX

Bonds/Interest Hedge, ASBO Meritorius Budget Award


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School Board Meeting
December 13, 2018

Administration and Board leaders reluctant to release Parameters Borrowing Resolution for $139 million to the public.

Read full report here.



School Board Organizational Meeting
December 6, 2018

New President and Vice President elected, new calendar approved and an unusual statement by Ms Lisi responding to an AGTRS post.

Read full report here.



School Board Meeting
November 15, 2018

Board Votes 5-4 to increase borrowing from $127 to $139 million...yikes!

Read full report here.



Facilities and Finance Committee Meetings
November 13, 2018

NEW Earned Income Tax (EIT) Proposal still on the agenda.

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School Board Meeting

October 25, 2018

Freshman Mentoring Program, Enrollment, Senior Volunteers

Read full report here.


AGSB Member Herman Engle Proposes Earned Income Tax for District Taxpayers

At the September 18th Finance Committee meeting, Chairperson Herman Engle proposed that the Avon Grove School District consider adding an earned income tax (EIT) to the current real estate tax to fund the school district. This proposal was not part of the planned agenda and it was clear that the proposal was a surprise to some board members though the Administration gladly accepted the assignment to explore the option and report back; this occurred with almost no discussion among the board members.

AGTRS is watching this closely. The EIT tax is a complex issue that affects many people differently. AG residents have been told repeatedly by the administration that the aggressive adoption of multiple initiatives over the past several years could be accomplished with minimal financial impact to our community (Full Day K, Hiring several new administrators, New School, Ect.). Enacting the EIT Tax would provide AGSD with a completely new revenue stream, and will likely be positioned as a welcome relief for our area seniors. But in order for this to actually provide relief for seniors, the District would need to commit to a hard ceiling to any future Real Estate Tax Millage increases. This is a commitment that AGTRS thinks is not realistic given the fact that the administration has stated in two public meetings that "any millage tax increase short of the maximum amount allowed is like leaving money on the table".

Is this just a political ploy to garner future support from seniors? Or is this an admission that the financial projections used when deciding on a new school were not realistic?  AGTRS will alert our followers when this issue comes up for public discussion.

Stay Tuned....



Facilities and Finance Committee Meetings
October 16, 2018
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Special Board Meeting

August 13th, 2018

After some questions School Board votes to approve the construction manger and architects contracts.

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School Board Retreat
August 9, 2018

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SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
July 9th, 2018

School Board votes to on new resolution to review and approve all contracts before signing.

Next board meeting August 9th, 6pm, AGIS Audion

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School Board Meeting

June 7, 2018

School board votes 5-3 to raise taxes as high as allowed by state.  Happy Tax Day!

New bill in Harrisburg calls for schools to test students on Civics.

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SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

June 26, 2018

School Board Votes (5 to 4) to Authorize $2million Contract for Construction Management Firm

WITHOUT Seeing the Contract.

Next board meeting July 9th, 6pm, AGIS Audion

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Committee of the Whole Meeting

June 26, 2018

Facilities

School Board Interviews 4 Architectural Firms

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Finance Meeting

June 5, 2018

2018-2-19 Budget

Ms. Weber continues to question size of tax increase. 

Read full report Here


Facilities & Finance Meeting
May 14, 2018
2018-19 Budget:

Board member Lynn Weber questions proposed tax increase while the Administration continues to try and justify increasing  property taxes as high as allowed by law even though they have over $20 million dollars in savings.

Mr Auerbach proposes motion for tax savings through PlanCon reimbursements!


Facilities:

Mr Scott Millward presents 2018 Facilities Maintenance Report
Read full reports Here


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Facilities & Finance Meeting
April 17, 2018

2018-19 budget – General Fund Update

Long Range Plan Update
Read full report Here


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School Board Meeting
April 26, 2018
NEW SCHOOL APPROVED (9-0)
FUNDING LEVEL APPROVED (5-4)
TAXES EXPECTED TO RISE STEEPLY

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Facilities Planning Meeting
Committee of the Whole
April 12, 2018
Committee votes to move ahead with $127 million Budget for new High School

Billig, Engle, Lisi, Wood and Wolf consent to the highest budget.

Auerbach, Beatty, Dumont and Weber try to hold the line.

Expect "Tax to the Max" increases.
Read full report Here

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Facilities Planning Meeting
Committee of the Whole Meeting
April 3, 2018
Committee MOVES TO 1 OPTION!
Read full report Here


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WHY WE DO THIS
Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of teachers, administrators, school directors, and thousands of taxpayers, we have a great school district.
Our schools rank in the top 15% of Pennsylvania schools.
We all want great schools. We want our kids to grow into happy, productive citizens. We know we need to spend money to get great schools. You can't have great schools without spending money on teachers, equipment, athletics, bands, books, technology and the facilities to use them. We're happy to invest to ensure our schools are great - and Avon Grove schools are great!
But that doesn't mean we can spend irresponsibly. We need to be sure that every dollar we spend actually helps our kids become responsible, well-educated, free-thinking adults. Every dollar spent on a new building or highly-compensated Administrators is a dollar that can't be spent on teachers, or athletics, or musical bands, or computers.
We want to be sure the money invested in our great schools actually helps to educate our kids.

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Facilities Planning Meeting
Committee of the Whole Meeting
March 27th, 2018
BOARD MOVES TO 2 OPTIONS!
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School Board Meeting
March 22, 2018
National Merit Students honored

Special Education Comprehensive Plan

Committee and Superintendent  Reports
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Facilities & Finance Meeting
March 13th, 2018
Facilities - Still juggling priorities , maintenance falling behind.

Safety & Security review moving forward.
Finance - Taxing Taxpayers to the maximum allowed!

Expenses climb higher mostly due to contractual salary increases.
Read full report
Here


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WHY WE DO THIS
Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of teachers, administrators, school directors, and thousands of taxpayers, we have a great school district.

Our schools rank in the top 15% of Pennsylvania schools.
We all want great schools. We want our kids to grow into happy, productive citizens. We know we need to spend money to get great schools. You can't have great schools without spending money on teachers, equipment, athletics, bands, books, technology and the facilities to use them. We're happy to invest to ensure our schools are great - and Avon Grove schools are great!
But that doesn't mean we can spend irresponsibly. We need to be sure that every dollar we spend actually helps our kids become responsible, well-educated, free-thinking adults. Every dollar spent on a new building or highly-compensated Administrators is a dollar that can't be spent on teachers, or athletics, or musical bands, or computers.

We want to be sure the money invested in our great schools actually helps to educate our kids.

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Facilities Planning Meeting
Committee of the Whole Meeting

March 8th, 2018

21st Century Learning Explained

6-8th Grade Middle School because ...?

New Revised Budget Scenarios...again?

Read full report Here


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Facilities Planning Meeting
Committee of the Whole Meeting
February 27, 2018

Land use analysisat HS campus

Scenarios for financing the proposed facilities ...as much as $205 million!

6 to 8 grade configuration for the Middle School?

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School Board Meeting

February 22, 2018

Students will walk out for 17 minutes in solidarity with the Parkland Florida

New Safety Committee

Charter School Renewal Reviewed

School Vouchers

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Facilities and Finance Committee Meetings
February 13, 2018

Facilities: 5 Year Plan Review -  Needed  Improvements at High School  Renovation Still on Hold

Finance: ​Budget Shell Game Begins

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Committee of the Whole Meeting

February 8, 2018

Facilities: Budget Projections for School Options as high as $140 MILLION

Board considers 4 Options for school expansion and Renovation, FJJ Presentation shows budget estimates.

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Committee of the Whole Meeting

January 30, 2018

Facilities: Enrollment Projections Challenged, 4 Building and Renovation Options to be Considered

Read full report Here

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School Board Meeting
January 25, 2018

Important Committee Reports this Month

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Facilities & Finance Committees
 January 16, 2018
Finance -School Superintendent asks for Maximum Tax Increase of 3.1%
Facilities -The district continues to spend significantly less money than was originally budgeted for School Facilities. 
Read full reportHere


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Committee of the Whole Meeting

January 11, 2018

Facilities Listening Posts Report by FJJ   Results Not Representative of Our Community


The School Board met on Thursday, January 11th to discuss the Listening Post results regarding the need for new school facilities. The Listening Posts were dialogue sessions conducted to gather input from various stakeholders.  Listening Post sessions were conducted during the 2017 fall semester by Foster Jacobs & Johnson, Inc (FJJ).  Conducting the listening posts was part of FJJ's $63,400 contract with the school administration which also covers FJJ’s activities to support the Facilities Input Group (FIG). 

Read analysis here.


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WHY WE DO THIS

Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of teachers, administrators, school directors, and thousands of taxpayers, we have a great school district. Our schools rank in the top 15% of Pennsylvania schools.
We all want great schools. We want our kids to grow into happy, productive citizens. We know we need to spend money to get great schools. You can't have great schools without spending money on teachers, equipment, athletics, bands, books, technology and the facilities to use them. We're happy to invest to ensure our schools are great - and Avon Grove schools are great!
But that doesn't mean we can spend irresponsibly. We need to be sure that every dollar we spend actually helps our kids become responsible, well-educated, free-thinking adults. Every dollar spent on a new building or highly-compensated Administrators is a dollar that can't be spent on teachers, or athletics, or musical bands, or computers.
We want to be sure the money invested in our great schools actually helps to educate our kids.


School capacity can be presented in a variety of ways to shape a perception or drive an agenda.

TAXES & SPENDING

BUILDING CAPACITY

ENROLLMENT


   Avon Grove Taxpayers for Responsible Spending

                                                             www.AvonGroveTaxpayers.org


        Citizens, Parents, and Schools working together to bring Avon Grove into the 21st Century!

Avon Grove is in the 4th straight year of increasing taxes & spending. They have also indicated this trend will continue for the forseeable future.

​​Enrollment is declining while  building a case for a new middle school building and executing a major expansion of the existing high school.