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Woodland Hills Approves Tax Hike, Cuts Boyce Program in New Budget

The board approved the new budget Wednesday night.

After months of discussions and numerous proposals, School Board is raising taxes, initiating furloughs and cutting the as part of its new budget, which was approved Wednesday night.

The $81.18 million budget passed in a 5 to 3 vote, which included raising taxes by 0.56 mill. While the BCMC program was cut, board members noted that it allowed the district to save much of the core programming in other schools. 

Board members said they will see little left over in their reserves for next year.

“Districts have had to make sharp painful cuts,” “Our program hasn’t fundamentally changed—that’s the good news.”

Johnson said around 10 staff members from the will lose their jobs to furloughs, along with several others from the middle and elementary schools.

The room was heated as the board members made their points for and against the budget. The main concern of board member Robert Tomasic, who voted no on the budget, included deficit spending and the tax increase, which marks the first the school district has made in four years.

“The more you increase taxes, the more you hurt the municipality,” Tomasic said.

The school district made what Johnson estimates to be $2 million in cuts from the budget before it was approved Wednesday. However, the board did not go through with previously proposed cuts to . 

“We are deficit spending over $5.5 million," said board member Colleen Filliak, who voted no on the budget. "Next year at this time, we’ll be so far up the creek without a paddle it’s ridiculous."

School Board President Marilyn Messina reminded the board that with state cuts to education, every school district is being forced to make hard decisions, pointing out that many of the programs, including music and art, were not cut.

Messina said her priority is keeping as many programs open for the students as possible.

During public comment, one resident brought up the fact that next year, the school district will have to make some difficult decisions. 

Messina responded, stating, “The changes will have to be made—or we won’t have a district anymore.” 

Dylan tomasic June 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I went to bcmc and now I have no where else to go...
Nancy Ganster June 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
More reason for the children of the School District to go to a charter school. Face it Marilyn, it is time for the teachers to pay up or they will not have children to teach.
WAM June 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I totally agree. I don’t see how this school board could have the nerve to even consider a tax increase when we, the tax-paying residents, are squeezed with no pay increases of our own. For a district that has seen its enrollment decrease by 20% in recent years, i would expect them to decrease taxes. Sorry, but the teachers’ pensions and health care costs need to be re-evaluated. We just have too many people who do NOT pay tax and have kids going to this district. It is truly burdensome. I think it’s time for a fresh set of eyes to look into this district. Maybe THEY will have the nerve to make some necessary changes.
Pat O'Neil July 06, 2012 at 04:00 PM
This is 2010 data, but the salary info is out there. http://php.app.com/PAteachers10/results.php?county=Allegheny&LEAname=Woodland+Hills+SD&school=%25&lname=&fname=&assignment=%25&Submit=Search
Henry woodhall July 09, 2012 at 10:38 AM
im a student at bcmc under woodland hills i understand you need to save money,but what i don't understands is why can't they let us finish our years at Boyce

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