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East Penn School District $141 million Budget Vote, Unions win-children lose

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Can you figure out what the most important thing on the Superintendent’s and the majority of the board member’s mind is for next year’s school budget by looking at just one page of it? Click on the page for a better look.

This year’s budget has an increase $4,367,234 over last year’s total budget, a 3.2% increase. However, the “Salary & Benefits” Category has increase of $4,467,849 over last year’s budget, a 5.1% increase. That means the entire increase in this year’s budget, plus some is being spent on “Salary & Benefits”. The entire tax increase residents of East Penn will pay this year is going to fund increases in “Salary & Benefits”. Not supplies for children, not

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East Penn School Board “Lets lower the taxes”. Hold on though, don’t get too excited

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Hold your surprise, it seems like all the school board members suddenly want to lower your taxes. This may appear to be a strange request, especially after they just voted 8-1 to increase your school taxes by 3.78%. So what gives? Well, it turns out that the Superintendent may have found some extra money laying around. That’s right, extra money, and almost $100,000 to boot, wow! What will they do with this windfall? Well, that’s the exact question the Superintendent posed at the school board meeting on 6/8/2015. The Superintendent was looking for the boards guidance, so he asked them and they responded with gusto. A vast majority said apply it to the tax increase we just approved. The only board member that voted against

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East Penn School Board member suggests openness to promote Foundation

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You may not be aware, but East Penn School District is trying to start a Foundation that would allow businesses to divert some of their profits to the District and in return, receive a tax write off. It turns out that the District has already had one meeting on this topic, with Superintendent Schilder saying it was attended by only 8 individuals. According to the Superintendent there is another meeting scheduled, but during his report at the school board meeting he failed to mention the date, time and place. In an effort to inform the public, School board director Ms. Donches stated that the next meeting would take place on June 16th.

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East Penn Superintendent and Treasurer present flawed budget…

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But it still passed 8-1.

You read right, even though the school district has two policies stating the budget have at least 5% of the total budget as a reserve, that would be $7,000,000 in a $141 million dollar budget for this coming year, the administration presented a budget that was short of the required reserve funds, and 8 members of the board voted to support it anyway. Only one board member, Ms. Donches, voted against this budget.

The same board members who approved this budget, also voted to allow Superintendent Schilder to cut 10% of his principles budgets. This 10% directly funds items relating to student education and safety. Again only one board member, Ms. Donches, voted against these cuts to the

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East Penn School Board’s Bully Ballard Strikes Again

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But strikes out on his censure vote against EPSD Board Member Ms. Lynn Donches

Monday night’s East Penn School Board meeting presented an unusual and serious censure motion against school board member Ms. Lynn Donches. The initiator of this motion was another sitting board member, Mr. Charles Ballard and the reason for this censure appeared to be Mr. Ballard wanted to prevent Ms. Donches from asking for budget information.

Ms. Donches has been voting nay to the bill list because of this lack of detailed budgetary information and that appears to have pushed Mr. Ballard to the point of his vindictive censure motion against her.

It was a fitting start to the meeting when the children from Willow Lane Elementary school sang a

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EAST PENN’S ABUSIVE CHARLES BALLARD GETS SLAMMED BY THE PUBLIC!

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At Monday evenings East Penn School Board meeting, a meeting where School Board Director Charles Ballard placed a motion to censure fellow School Board Director Lynn Donches, the East Penn public finally had its say. With a packed house in support of Ms. Donches, citizen after citizen went to the podium to support Lynn Donches and inform the School Board and Ballard just what they thought of the abuse that Lynn Donches has endured.

Over the last three and a- half years, the East Penn School Board and Administration has put up artificial road blocks to the requests of Ms. Donches for details of the Budget line-items and expenses entailed. But Lynn Donches holds dear her responsibility to the taxpayers and students of East Penn

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East Penn School Board to Censure Board Member; Is it a Political Stunt?

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A resolution for the Censure of East Penn School Board (EPSB) director Lynn Donches was placed on the agenda of the Monday June 8th meeting at the request of EPSB director Charles Ballard. According to the agenda, Mr. Ballard wants Ms. Donches censured “for waste of District resources and material misstatements of fact to the public and this board”. It appears that Mr. Ballard considers it a waste of district resources when an elected school board director asks questions of the administration dealing with financial items to be voted upon. Mr. Ballard is currently running for reelection to the school board, leaving some wondering if this may be a politically motivated stunt.

Mr. Ballard appears to be running for

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The Bait-and-Switch Behind Economic Populism

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The following article written by Nicolás Cachanosky is an excellent summary of the paper “Macroeconomic Populism” written by Rudiger Dornbusch and Sebastián Edwards. Not only do the four stages of populism identified by Dornbusch and Edwards apply at a national level, they also seem to apply on a local level.

These four stages can been seen in our local governments including Emmaus, Lower Macungie Twp., East Penn School District, and even Lehigh County. When fiscally responsible majorities have been in control, they have instituted policies that allowed these local levels of government to become financially sound with either no debt or extremely low amounts of debt while supplying the excellent services the public demands. By focusing on providing required services at cost competitive rates, funding

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