First Posted: 5/14/2014

The Lake-Lehman School Board passed its proposed final budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year with expenditures of $27,874,790 and revenues of $27, 598,301. The budget passed with a millage of 9.9656 mills on assessed valuation in Harveys Lake Borough and Jackson, Lake, Lehman and Ross townships in Luzerne County and 47.3392 mills on the assessed valuations of real estate in the township of Noxen in Wyoming County. All other taxes as previously leveled will remain in force.

If passed in its final stage, the budget will include an approximate tax increase of 2.7%.

CPA Tom Melone, of Melone Associates, stated that the proposed final budget is “non-binding” and that the final budget must be passed by June 30. The preliminary budget was passed in February 2014.

Several Lake-Lehman Jr. and Sr. High School students won awards for their achievements in the Science Olympiad competition. The competition features 23 different events in which 36 private, public and charter schools participate. Lake-Lehman’s group of students advanced to the state level.

Over half of the 58 Lake-Lehman FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students who entered regional competition have advanced to the state level. The FBLA competition is comprised of 50 categories of business-related topics and fields. This year a new category called “Agri Business” entered the competition. The category is specific to the demands of the agricultural business.

Lake-Lehman’s business education teacher Joan Alles praised the school’s FBLA program and said that its “highlight is competition.” Students in the program also “attend workshops and interface with business professionals,” said Alles.

Several students have received honorable mention in the National Spanish exam. Senior Kelly Sweeney received the national bronze medal for Spanish 4.

The recent High Tea event at Hayfield was a success with 75 in attendance. The event raised money for the Lake-Lehman Scholarship Fund and was hosted by the Lake-Lehman Foundation. The foundation’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20 in the high school library.

Graduation will be held on June 6. The “Last Knight” lock-in event will be held from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on June 6. The overnight party for the newly-graduated seniors provides a safe and fun way for students to celebrate with friends. Students will be chaperoned and will not not be allowed to leave the area without a parent’s permission.

The next school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 16.

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