By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - For the second straight year, the Shenandoah Valley School District budget doesn't include a tax increase.
At Wednesday evening's meeting, the school board approved the 2018-2019 final operating budget which holds real estate taxes at 56.975 mills, which was last increased for the 2016-2017 school year.
"Taxes will not be going up," said board president Daniel Salvadore as the budget passed unanimously.
The 2018-2019 general operating budget budget totals $18,767,689, an increase of $907,081 from the 2017-2018 fiscal year, ending on June 30.
The budget also includes a 1% realty transfer tax and 1% wage tax, shared with Shenandoah borough and West Mahanoy Township, as well as a $5 local services tax, 5% tax on culm processing, $5 per ton tax on fly ash disposal.
At the board meeting, the students of the month for April from the district were recognized.
From the high school, Camryn Carduff, daughter of Kristy and John Carduff, was selected for the month of April, and introduced by high school principal Stuart Tripler.
"In the community, she is very active in the William Penn Fire Company, the bingos, the Kielbasi Festival set up and clean up, Columbia Fire Company bingos, the soccer concession stand, the tee-ball concession stand, the church penny auction, the church cookie sale, and the basketball concession stand," said Tripler. "Now, for school items, she's very active in the drama club, the student council, National Honor Society, the float committee, the talent search, the YES program, and the Bloomsburg University ACE program."
Tripler continued on to note that Carduff's personal interests include theater, and sign language, and that her future plans include attending Bloomsburg University to study American Sign Language interpretation.
"I'm extremely honored and very thankful for receiving this recognition. Throughout the past four years that I've spent here at Shenandoah Valley High School, I've been deeply involved in extracurricular activities and community service events," said Carduff. "My high school career has been filled with incredible experiences, inseparable friendships, and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life."
Carduff then provided a report of activities in the high school over the past month.
Then, the sixth grade student of the month, Ava Menjivar, was introduced.
"Her teachers reported that she works hard in all of her classes, maintaining an A average. She is always willing to help out her peers, especially those that need the extra help," said elementary vice principal Lesley Matus. "She is dependable, pleasant to be around, and an overall well-rounded student."
Menjivar then introduced the other elementary students of the month, which were: