"I think this budget is a great step forward for Neshaminy School District," said Superintendent Robert Copeland.
also said the district could not go without a tax increase for much longer, as the district used $7.7 million of its $17 million surplus to fund the budget.
Part of the funding for the kindergarten came from reductions in spending in special education through contract renegotiations, Copeland
"A fund balance is not a recurring resource and we cannot rely on that year after year," he
said the district had agreed not to make public statements about the status of negotiations with the union and referred questions to the district's labor attorney, Ellis Katz.
also read a statement about the controversial Playwickian issue at the meeting.
Administrators had given the students an ultimatum; publish unaltered a letter to the editor from another student that mentioned the school mascot or do not publish the newspaper.
The students ignored that and published the paper last week.
In place of the letter, the editors published an editor's note explaining their actions and those of the district.
was conducting an investigation into how the paper had been printed without prior approval.
also said that Principal Robert McGee's confiscation of about 40 copies of the newspaper was understandable, given that he
did not know what had been published.
"What some have called an overreaction I would call prudence," he
also praised the "passion and maturity" of the students, but said they should have listened to the administration.
"Secondly while we applaud students who stand up for something, we also expect a respect for school district authority and the rules that govern,'' said Copeland
The board also approved a two-year contract extension for Copeland
, through 2017.
The new contract will give him a raise to $184,000 next year and a 1.5 annual percent raise in the two later years.
Copeland first joined the district as superintendent in October 2012.