Re­duced rate saves dis­trict $ 30K

School board ap­proves $ 5,000 do­na­tion to public li­brary

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Arch Kurtz

The Ham­burg Area School Board re­cently rat­i­fied a con­tract for elec­tric­ity for the 20192020 and 2020- 2021 school years with Con­stel­la­tion En­ergy Inc.

The rate per kilo­watt hour that the dis­trict will pay rep­re­sents a 15 per­cent re­duc­tion com­pared to the 2018- 19 school year, dis­trict Busi­ness Man­ager Michele Zim­mer­man said.

The new rate rep­re­sents a pro­jected $ 30,000 re­duc­tion com­pared with us­age for the

2016- 2017 school year, ac­cord­ing to Zim­mer­man.

Zim­mer­man also noted that sev­eral vari­ables af­fect en­ergy us­age, most notably weather, which would ad­just the amount of sav­ings the dis­trict re­ceives.

In other news at the Oct. 23 meet­ing, the school board ap­proved a do­na­tion of $ 5,000 to the Ham­burg Public Li­brary.

Zim­mer­man noted that the dis­trict has do­nated this amount for sev­eral years.

School board mem­bers also in­creased the dis­trict’s as­signed fund bal­ance to $ 12,205,485 by trans­fer­ring $ 2,705,485 from an unas­signed fund bal­ance.

The as­signed fund bal­ance is for bal­anc­ing the 2017- 18 bud­get and for fu­ture build­ing im­prove­ment projects, ac­cord­ing to Zim­mer­man.

School direc­tors also moved $ 45,128 from the com­mit­ted fund bal­ance to the unas­signed fund bal­ance leav­ing the com­mit­ted fund bal­ance at $ 2,358,368.

The com­mit­ted fund bal­ance is used for Other Post- Em­ploy­ment Ben­e­fits ( OPEB) and Health Re­im­burse­ment Ar­range­ment ( HRA) bal­ances, ac­cord­ing to Zim­mer­man.

OPEB are ben­e­fits that em­ploy­ees will be­gin to re­ceive at the start of re­tire­ment and in­clude re­main­ing sick time and per­sonal time, Zim­mer­man said.

Th­ese ben­e­fits do not in­clude pen­sion ben­e­fits paid to the re­tired em­ployee.

HRA pro­vides re­im­burse­ment for el­i­gi­ble ex­penses.

School direc­tors met in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion prior to the meet­ing to dis­cuss a stu­dent mat­ter. Fur­ther de­tails were not avail­able.

The next school board meet­ing is Mon­day, Nov. 6, at 6: 30 p. m. at the high school.

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