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NHSD Board of Education Approves Final Budget for 2018-19 School Year
North Hills School District Board of Education members approved the district’s 2018-19 final budget during their June 7 legislative meeting. The final budget with expenditures totaling $84,166,526 allows North Hills to continue to provide quality educational programs and facilities for district students.

The budget has revenues of $80,389,127. It will be balanced with a $1,277,399 transfer from the PSERS fund balance, specifically set aside to counteract state-mandated increases in pension contributions, and a $2.5 million transfer from the general fund balance to the capital projects fund to cover the high school roof replacement.

The budget is available online

North Hills’ spending plan for next school year contains a 0.25 mill increase to 18.25 mills. The expected total revenue of $650,000 from the millage increase will be allotted to support enhanced safety and security objectives throughout the district and increased personnel costs related to enrollment increases.

Overall, the budget marks a 2.5 percent increase in total expenditures, and 2.3 percent of which stems from the net addition of 15 new positions in various departments across the district. Employee wages and benefits continue to be the budget’s largest expenditure at a cost of $58,104,178. This amount marks an increase of 4.15 percent over last year’s personnel costs.

Beyond personnel expenditures, the budget increases by $152,551 or .67 percent.

The millage rate increase, which is approximately only half of the district’s Act 1 index, will increase property tax bills on a median home in North Hills, valued at $135,500, by $2.82 monthly or $33.88 annually.

“We continue to work diligently to manage our annual operating expenses and responsibly plan for the future in order to minimize the impact on our local taxpayers,” said North Hills School District’s Director of Finance and Operations David Hall.

North Hills School District currently boasts the sixth lowest millage rate among Allegheny County’s 41 suburban school districts, and the lowest millage rate among the nine northern area school districts.

In the current economic climate, North Hills continues to work to improve efficiencies, while preserving quality academic programs. In the budget, the district has allotted:

  • Funds for numerous staff positions including five elementary classroom teachers, one middle school and three elementary computer science/math teachers, four school police officers, a middle school student assistance specialist, three elementary special education positions and increased coverage for secondary German needs.
  • $198,192 will be allotted into a safety and security fund to pay for various enhancements to the district’s safety and security programs and procedures as they are identified and approved by the school board.
  • $165,000 for installation of additional security cameras and replacement of older security cameras at various buildings.
  • $304,493 for new curriculum materials in accordance with the North Hills curriculum adoption cycle. Updated curriculum materials will be used in elementary math, secondary family and consumer science and secondary world languages.
  • $14,908 for equipment and curricular materials related to enhancements of the health and physical education department at the secondary level. In the 2018-19 school year, students will have the opportunity to choose from a slate of reimagined courses including Outdoor Adventures with training on canoeing, flyfishing, kayaking, archery and rock climbing; Foundations of Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness; Personal Fitness and Sports Officiating and Principals of Coaching. 

A total of 11,369 Ross and West View property owners, who have filed Act 1 exemption forms, will see a lower tax bill due to state gambling revenues. This year’s Act 1 reduction is $126.02 for qualified homeowners.

Each North Hills mill is estimated to be worth $2,600,000.

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