Pottsgrove Approves Western Center 2021-’22 Budget

An automotive technology student (at top) learning his trade in the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – The coming academic year’s $7.19 million expense budget for the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Limerick PA (below), of which more than $5.7 million is jointly contributed by the Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area, and Upper Perkiomen school districts, received unanimous approval Tuesday during a regular meeting of the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors.

Pottsgrove Approves Western Center 2021-'22 Budget

The districts’ budget contributions are tied to a moving average of their attending students. The two remaining districts also must officially sign-off on the budget. It was reviewed by Pottsgrove board members earlier during the year.

Pottsgrove will contribute $1,553,280 toward center expenses, representing a $40,326 or 2.67-percent increase over the current year; Upper Perkiomen, $1,903,817, up $87,399 or 4.81 percent; and Spring-Ford, $2,289,407, up $160,792 or 7.55 percent. Remaining funds come from state ($1,279,640), federal ($125,000) and other local ($47,000) sources, according to district-supplied budget documents.

Budget increases are being driven by an almost 35-percent hike in faculty members’ state retirement costs, a 7-percent increase in health care insurance premiums, and technology improvements valued by the center at $10,000, the documents show.

Also Tuesday, the Pottsgrove board unanimously:

  • Re-appointed Director Patti Grimm to a one-year term, through June 2022, as board treasurer;
  • Re-appointed Director Ashley Custer to a four-year term, through June 2025, as board secretary;
  • Nominated Custer, for a three-year term, as its representative to the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors; and
  • Approved 2021-2022 meeting calendars for the school board as a whole, as well as for its committees.

Student photo from The Post archives; August 2019 center photo from Google StreetView