DANVILLE — Bobbi Ely, Business Manager, is leaving the Danville Area School District to take on a new position in Mechanicsburg.
According to online documents from the May 10 meeting of the Mechanicsburg Area School Board, Ely has been appointed assistant business manager – comptroller, “effective when the current district releases her, but no later than August 29, 2022. “. She will fill a vacant position.
Ely said his departure was unrelated to recent disagreements over the proposed $46.1 million budget for 2022-23, which includes a $1.76 million deficit, despite a 4% tax hike. .
“I started the application and interview process with them in March, so it had nothing to do with the last board meeting or suggestions from the board,” Ely wrote in a post. e-mail on Wednesday. “I take the job because it will be better for my family life with stability, and I will gain a lot of experience in a bigger district.”
Superintendent Ricki Boyle said Ely lives in the Port Trevorton area.
Council members Wayne Brookhart and Dr. Sandy Green said at the May 9 council meeting that they were hesitant to vote on the budget as is. The state requires the council to pass a budget by June 30.
Another board member, Richard Vognetz II, suggested at the finance committee meeting earlier in the evening that he would like to see a balanced budget with no tax increases, according to online minutes of this meeting. He told Ely he would like to see a budget scenario without athletics. He said students can organize fundraisers, including candy bar sales, to pay for sports and extracurricular activities.
Ely said the proposed athletic budget was $800,564 and the proposed extracurricular budget was $181,790, for a total of $982,354.
Vognetz said more people would rather pay candy for athletics than pay more taxes. He added that some people cannot afford the tax increase.
Boyle said students are already organizing fundraisers through booster clubs. She said booster clubs help the district get some of the necessary equipment and supplies for students.
Council will hold a public business meeting Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss the budget.
Will end the budget
Ely submitted his resignation letter on May 11, Boyle said. On Tuesday, John Bickhart, director of curriculum, instruction and technology, tendered his resignation after being hired as the new superintendent of the Milton Area School District.
Ely does not know the exact date she will leave, but it will be no later than August 29, she said.
“I, of course, want Danville to go through its budget season and have the taxes collected before I leave,” Ely said. “I’ve learned a lot in this position, and I’m grateful for the opportunity and the friendships I’ve made, but I’m excited to start something new.
“I’m really going to miss people.”
Boyle, who said she knew Ely was applying elsewhere, said if she could get Ely out earlier than August, “she’d appreciate it.”
“She will be greatly missed,” Boyle said. “She is on top. Same with John. The loss of both of them, oh, my God.
Milton asked Bickhart to start on July 1, she said.
Danville advertises for a new business manager.
“Finding a quality business manager for a school district will be no easy task, especially at the height of his caliber,” Boyle said.
Ely was hired at Danville during the 2017-2018 school year. She previously worked as a Senior Accountant at the Capital Region Intermediate Unit from 2009 to 2017. She is a wife and mother of two boys.