Catasauqua Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

School board OKs LCCC, CLIU 21, LCTI budgets

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in School

The Catasauqua Area School Board recently approved the 2017-18 Lehigh Carbon Community College, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute budgets.

The approvals occurred at the board’s April 11 meeting. The CLIU 21 and LCTI budgets were unanimously approved. However, the LCCC budget was approved by a vote of 8-1, with board President Penny Hahn casting the dissenting vote.

This is not the first time Hahn has voted in opposition to the LCCC budget. She has continued to argue community colleges should be funded through the county and not the local school districts.

The approved LCCC’’s total operating debt service and capital budgets for 2016-17 amount to $48.8 million, which is a decrease of $2.12 million from 2016-17. The district’s share for 2017-18 will be $169,044, a decrease of $5,949 or 3.4 percent from last year.

The approved CLIU 21 operating budget for 2017-18 is $3.21 million, an increase of $78,510 from last year’s budget. The district’s share is $24,859, a decrease of $6 or .2 percent.

The board also approved the LCTI budget for next year, which is $26.26 million, an increase of $651,800 or 2.55 percent from last year. The district’s share is $751,212, a decrease of $12,630 or 1.65 percent. The proposed academic center budget is $1.75 million, which is based on a projected enrollment of 400 total students at a cost of $4,366 per student. The district’s share of the academic center budget is $43,660, an increase of $1,635 or 3.9 percent.

The board is scheduled to hold its next meeting 7 p.m. May 10 in the district administration office board room, 201 N. 14th St.