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Carlisle School Board accepts resignation of business manager amid budget cycle | Education

The Carlisle Area School District has a plan in place to handle the departure of Business Manager Jenna Kinsler midway through the current budget planning cycle for 2022-23, Acting Superintendent Patricia Sanker said last week.

School board members accepted Kinsler’s resignation Thursday, effective April 8. Its last day will be nearly five weeks before the council’s vote scheduled for May 12 on a preliminary budget of $100 million. A vote to adopt a final budget is scheduled for June 16.

A district employee for eight years, Kinsler has been a business manager since September 2019. She has accepted a position with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry as the chief financial officer of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

“I liked working here,” Kinsler said Thursday. “I love the neighborhood. The board was very supportive of the changes I made to improve procedures within the business office. I just have great staff in the office. I will miss them.”

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Calling Kinsler “a true professional,” Sanker said the outgoing director has an operational plan and a strong team in place to move the district forward during the transition.

The pending job posting was posted by the district, and Sanker said she was waiting for applications before interviews could be scheduled. In the meantime, arrangements have been made for Kinsler to attend meetings in April and May to continue advising board members on the budget.

“She put all this effort into the budget, she wants to see it through,” Sanker said of Kinsler.

While financial matters are discussed throughout the year, the crucial months for budget planning are late winter and early spring, in the run-up to final adoption. The school district’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

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“To be honest with you, we’re working on the budget 10 months out of 12,” board chair Paula Bussard told The Sentinel. “So there probably never was a good time for Jenna to go.”

During Thursday’s meeting, Bussard said Kinsler strengthened the business office, improved accountability and provided detailed analysis that supported informed decision-making.

“It was just wonderful,” Vice President Anne Lauritzen told Kinsler. “The presentations are so much richer. We get so much out of you.

This level of detail will continue during the transition, Bussard said.

In other actions, council members:

  • Named Eric Sands, chief operating officer, as interim board secretary from April 11 until a full-time Kinsler replacement can be hired.
  • Accepted the resignation of facilities manager Tom Horton, who will retire effective June 30. In his comments, Bussard reviewed a career of accomplishments: energy projects, improved sports facilities and fields, and ongoing maintenance in the neighborhood in a cost-effective manner. »
  • Approval of a proposal to install modular classroom units at Mount Holly Springs Elementary School at a cost of $578,900. The school is overcrowded and approaching capacity.
  • Approved a proposal calling for no increase in school breakfast and lunch prices for 2022-23. The national program that provided free meals to students for the past two years during the pandemic will end next fiscal year. School lunch prices will remain at $3.10 for students and $4.20 for adults, while school lunch prices will remain at $1.95 for students and $2.65 for adults. Milk will be priced at 75 cents.

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