NEW CASTLE —
The New Castle Area School Board adopted a $44.8 million budget last night with no increase in taxes.
The 2013-14 spending plan requires that $88,680 be used from the district’s fund balance as the difference between anticipated expenditures of $44,726,132 and anticipated income of $44,814,812.
The budget passed by an 8-0 vote with president David DiGiammarino absent from the meeting. Members Mary Ann Tofel and Stacey Fleo did not attend but voted by phone.
District business manager Joseph Ambrosini said the district’s fund balance minus the $88,680 is around $14 million.
Board member Anna Pascarella complimented Ambrosini on the budget.
“Very nice job. That’s a big difference from the last couple of years,” she said, referring to the amount needed from the fund balance.
The district had to use $1.5 million from its fund balance for this year’s budget.
The board set general property taxes at 17.27 mills.
The board also adopted changes to the district’s dress code for the 2013-14 school year.
According to interim superintendent Stanley Magusiak, the district formed a committee of board members, teachers of all schools, administrators and parents to make the revisions.
The result was that the policy was simplified into lists of what is permitted and what is not permitted. The categories apply similarly to girls and boys.
Previously, the board had decided to not allow the wearing of cargo pants. However, that restriction was eliminated and cargo pants are now allowed, Magusiak said.
No leggings, yoga pants or tights will be permitted, nor any blue jeans of any type. Pants or shorts with fashionable rips or tears also will not be allowed, nor will any cutoffs of any length.
Other details also are spelled out in the code, which according to Magusiak will be posted on the district’s web site.
The board also ratified a collective bargaining agreement for the cafeteria workers, who are members of Teamsters Local Union 261. The changes are for the term of July 1 through June 30, 2016.