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									                                     Colonial School District
                                  Citizen’s Advisory Committee
        The Colonial School District Citizen’s Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, February 14, 2005, in
the new District Office Suite. The meeting was called to order at 6:34 p.m. by facilitator Dennis Powell.
Present were Marci Blum, Neil Brown, David Caplan, Leslie Finegold, Robert Franz, Walter Humm, Jr.,
Marc Marrone, Connell McGill, Claire Meashey, Ken Pearson, Bill Peters, Jack Pinheiro, Frank Precopio,
Bob O’Neill, Craig SanPietro, and Joanne Walker. Also present were Dave Sherman and CSD cabinet
members Joe Bickleman, Dr. MaryEllen Gorodetzer, Cassandra DeLong, Drew Boegly, Jim Bell and Jerry
        Mr. Powell reminded the committee of its charge. Mr. Caplan offered information he had received
from a Philadelphia Inquirer editor who spoke with state legislators regarding Act 72. The legislators
interpretations were that once a district “opts in” to Act 72, they are committed to imposing the .1 Earned
Income Tax whether referendum passes or not. Additionally, the number of districts opting in does not affect
the amount of money districts will receive. Each district is allotted a set amount.
        A presentation by Colonial School Board President Marc Orlow followed.
        Some of the key areas of discussion included:
             1. The role of the School Board.
             2. The number of meetings attended by board members.
             3. The Board’s position on not maintaining a fund balance.
             4. Skyrocketing costs of benefits and health insurance.
             5. Various bargaining units with which the Board negotiates.
             6. How the annual budget is built.
             7. How the role of the Board could change under Act 72.
        Responding to questions, Mr. Orlow noted the following:
                     The lack of flexibility the Board has in managing the affairs of the district.
                     All bargaining units are sharing more of the burden of healthcare costs
                     Colonial has one of the lowest overall tax burdens in the state
                     The board is undecided on whether or not to levee a .5% Earned Income Tax this year
                     The role of the school board would be less policy making and more marketing
                        oriented under Act 72
        The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the
same location, the new district office building in the Meeting House Office Complex. There will be a round
table discussion.

Respectfully submitted,

David M. Sherman
Administrative Assistant for Community Relations

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