Business Office

Staff Members

Michelle Kendig
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
mkendig@ysssd.org
717-885-1210, ext. 1124

Loree Marchese
Director of Accounting Services
lmarcheese@yssd.org
717-885-1210, ext. 1142

Jami Beaulieu
Administrative Assistant for Chief Financial and Operations Officer/Child Accounting
jbeaulieu@yssd.org
717-885-1210, ext. 1130

Tracie Kerfoot
Payroll and Benefits Specialist
payroll@yssd.org
717-885-1210, ext. 1129

Lonna Trump
Accountant
ltrump@yssd.org
717-885-1210, ext. 1148

Tammie Sheckells
Accounts Payable/Purchasing Specialist
tsheckells@yssd.org
717-885-1210, ext. 1128

Budget Documents

Tax Impact Calculator

At the Board of Directors' meeting on May 28, the Board approved a General Fund Budget for the 2024-2025 school year. The Budget includes allocations for planned expenditures of $73,416,386. In addition to supporting general operating expenses and quality education programs, the budget supports our plans to renovate the high school and construct a new intermediate school for our students in grades 3-5.

Balancing the budget is complex and challenging. However, with the Board’s guidance, the administration was able to prioritize needs, effectively allocate existing resources, and continue efforts to implement strategies that improve efficiency and reduce costs. Ultimately, to balance the 2024-2025 General Fund Budget, the Board raised the millage rate from 25.6858 in 2023-2024 to 26.5848, resulting in a 3.50% tax increase for 2024-2025. The average York Suburban taxpayer's real estate bill will go up roughly $114 next year.

The District's Tax Impact Calculator has been updated to help residents better understand the impact of our planned construction and renovation projects on their Real Estate Tax bill. It is important to note that for 2025-2026 and later, the estimated increases shown on the calculator are based only on the cost of district projects. Additional funding for operational costs is still to be determined.

PLEASE NOTE: This calculator is a tool for tax estimation only. This result should not be considered a final tax figure and is intended only as an approximation.

Budget Process

Each of the 500 school districts in the state of Pennsylvania is required to develop and adopt a district budget following ACT 1 of 2006. Act 1 of 2006 requires the Board of School Directors of each district to approve a preliminary budget 110 days before the primary elections of that year to determine if a referendum question will be necessary to raise adequate revenue to balance the upcoming year’s budget or adopt a resolution to accelerate the budget and not exceed taxes above the index.

The Board is also required to approve a proposed final budget 30 days before the adoption of the final budget.  Budgets must be approved by June 30th of the prior school year.  Section 24 PS 6-687 requires that budget documents be available for public inspection during the 30-day period.  Upon Board approval, budgets must be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education within 30 days of the adoption.  The budget process is continuous, the work begins in September of each year when the Pennsylvania Department of Education releases the ACT 1 index.

The day-to-day operations of the district are accounted for under the district General Fund.  Expenditures cannot exceed the budget by function and object.  Budgets are in effect beginning July 1 and ending on June 30th.  Once the school board of directors has adopted the budget, the second phase of the budget process begins.  The District administers and manages the budget by entering a line-item budget into the financial software and putting controls into place that prevent over-expenditures on any line item. Budget transfers between line items are allowed beginning October 1st of each fiscal year. Each month for Board meetings a report is prepared showing actual expenditures and projected expenditures compared to the budget.

The Base Act 1 Index is published by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is the state-mandated limit for real estate tax increases unless exceptions are utilized or voter approval is given to raise taxes above the index. If the Board of Directors adopts a resolution that it will not need to raise taxes above the state-mandated limit, it can forgo the adoption of the preliminary budget.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates that no school district with a budget between $18,000,000 and $18,999,999 shall approve an increase in real property taxes unless it has adopted a budget that includes an estimated unassigned fund balance less than or equal to 8.5% of budgeted expenditures. In future years, it is possible, that the District will be limited to 8% if expenditures and revenues increase. York Suburban School District Board Policy adopts this maximum fund balance limitation.

The board policies that provide guidance for the development and implementation of the annual budget can be found under the school board section on the district website www.yssd.org.

Right to Know/Public Records
Use the links below to learn more about the District's public records policy, obtain information on how to submit a new request, and view previous records requests via the Right to Know Logs. Please mail your completed Right-To-Know Request Form to the following address, or send an email to mkendig@yssd.org with the subject Right to Know Request.

Michelle Kendig, Open Records Officer
Ronald Provard Education Center
York Suburban School District
1800 Hollywood Drive
York, PA 17403
Phone: (717)885-1210


Appeals Process

You have the right to challenge any determination. To do so, you must file an appeal explaining your reasons why you believe the requested record is a public record subject to disclosure within fifteen (15) business days of your receipt of the School District's response. Your written appeal must be mailed or delivered to the attention of the Executive Director, Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120.


Related Links
Public Records Policy
Right to Know Request Form
PA Office of Open Records Website
Right to Know Logs