Mr. John ZahorchakChief Financial OfficerMr. John Zahorchak, MBA, SFO, PRSBS is the Distict's Chief Financial Officer. He has over 10 years of experience working for children in public education as a school business official. Since 2016, John has been the Chief Financial Officer for Plum Borough School District, responsible for leadership of financial operations, plant operations, custodial, facility, transportation and food service. During his tenure, he has closed the gap between budgeted revenues and expenses as compared to actual performance numbers by $4 million in 2016-17 fiscal year. He built a long-range financial model designed to clear the annual persistent deficit and balance annual budgets for the next three (3) years.
The Plum Borough School District prides itself on maximizing its fiscal responsibility and maintaining an open accounting and transparency with the management of public funds. As a District, we strive to obtain budgeting efficiency and efficacy in order to provide educational opportunities that optimize the learning environment and to identify avenues to exceptionally prepare students for success.
PLUM BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Act 1 Referendum Exception Notice
Pursuant to Act 1, the Pennsylvania Department of Education publishes an index % applicable to the School District. The school district real estate tax increase for the next fiscal year is limited to the index % unless the proposed tax rate is approved by voters pursuant to a referendum or the School District qualifies for an Act 1 exception. As a result of special circumstances covered by an Act 1 referendum exception, a tax rate % increase above the index might be required to balance the School District budget for the next fiscal year. The tax to be levied is required to provide a quality education program as reflected in the School District Preliminary Budget.
The School District intends to seek approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education as required by Act 1 for an exception allowing increase of the real estate tax as reflected in the School District Preliminary Budget. The Preliminary Budget is available for public inspection at the School District offices, 900 Elicker Rd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On written request by any School District resident or taxpayer, the School District will provide a copy of the referendum exception application.