2013-2014 Executive Summary

2013-2014 Proposed Preliminary
General Fund Budget (PDE-2028)
Executive Summary  


Jan. 17, 2013


Dear Community:
Attached is the PDE-2028 Proposed Preliminary General Fund Budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. We are presenting to the community the proposed budget, which the district developed in accordance with the guidelines established under Act 1 of 2006.

We are preparing the budget for public inspection on or before Jan. 23, 2013 in anticipation of approval on Feb. 11, 2013 by the Pine-Richland School Board of Directors at their meeting in the DeWitt Blank Conference Room located at 702 Warrendale Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

The proposed preliminary budget does include an estimated millage, which has been lowered because of the Allegheny County reassessments. We are basing the rate on estimated variables, which have yet to be finalized. The proposed preliminary budget does require a 4.24% millage increase in real estate taxes to meet projected expenditures.

Please be aware that this is a working document and is not an indication of final millage rates, which may be levied to support district operations. School directors and administrators have the opportunity to seek exceptions to the established, adjusted index under Act 1, if a millage increase would be warranted.  
Please note, we are in the early phases of analysis and development of the budget, which continues to provide for all student programs and initiatives. Several details required to complete the budget are unknown variables at this time including:
  • Insurance Rates for Health & Liability Coverage
  • Uncertain Real Estate Assessment Values
  • State Subsidy Estimates

In the coming months, the district will obtain this critical information, which will better help define budgetary needs. The administration will work through the challenges and continue analyzing trends and operational areas in which funds can be saved, while keeping the board and public informed of changes, options and projections. 

We will be working closely with the PR Finance Committee to ensure the Final Operating Budget will be a responsible spending plan for students and taxpayers of the Pine-Richland School District. This board will adopt a final budget in June of 2013.

All budget deliberations with the school board are open to the public. We welcome your comments. You can email questions or comments regarding the proposed Preliminary General Fund Budget to the PR School Board at boardsecretary@pinerichland.org.


Respectfully submitted,
Dr. David Foley                                                                    Dana L. Siford, CPA
Interim Superintendent                                                      Director of Finance & School Services