A few years ago, the Dallastown Area School Board town hall meetings were the hottest free ticket in town.

Irate taxpayers and anxious parents filled auditoriums to express their opinion - sometimes quite pointedly - with the board.

On Wednesday, the board had a meeting that seemed to show Dallastown residents are relatively pleased with the district.

The few dozen people in the crowd at Dallastown Area Intermediate School only had a handful of questions.

Board president Kenneth "Butch" Potter said when people are upset with a school district "they really let you know."

The relative quiet also might be because Potter and the board predict another year with zero tax increase.

That would be the third in a row with taxes at a standstill.

"It's not a pie in the sky (prediction)," Potter said.

It would be a departure from past predictions by the board. A year ago, when the board was finalizing its second straight zero tax hike budget, budget committee chairman Ronald Blevins told residents not to expect more of the same in coming years. Pension and health insurance increases and flat funding would make it too difficult, the board said at the time.

But Potter said some creative budgeting and constant examination of expenses, plus a new teachers' contract, has helped put Dallastown in a better position.

Superintendent Ronald Dyer also told the audience the district has saved some money by cutting down on air conditioning use in the summer and not using the lights as much at the intermediate school because of ample natural light.


And, in a response to a question by former board member Carroll Tignall Jr, Dyer said the average teacher salary this year is about $80,000, with benefits and pension contributions putting the overall cost per teacher around $100,000.