New Castle News


May 23, 2014

Notes from Neshannock school board meeting

NEW CASTLE — At its meeting this week, the Neshannock school board:

•Approved the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center’s 2014-15 budget. Neshannock’s share is $410,000, based on an anticipated enrollment of 28 regular students and seven special students.

•Approved a two-year contract with Jameson Rehabilitation Center for athletic training services at $25,000 for the first year and $26,375 for the second.

•Authorized a three-year lease-to-buy Thomas Bus Minotour, wheelchair-accessible mini-bus for $18,508 per year.

•Agreed to seek bids for a forensic audit of the district’s finances, not to exceed $7,500.

•Contracted with Infocon Corp. to invoice per capita notices in separate envelopes at $125 per hour.

•Extended the contract with district solicitor Michael Bonner. He is paid $100 per hour.

•Hired Jeanne Ann Hunt as board secretary for a four-year term at $5,000 per year.

•Approved a two-year contract for vision insurance with Pennsylvania State Education Association Health and Welfare Fund. This is the first increase since 1994.

•Authorized the administration to work with financial adviser Public Financial Management, bond counsel Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott and solicitor Michael Bonner regarding bond refinancing.

•Hired Debbie Zuzow and Brenda Ritt as summer help at the bus garage for $11 per hour to clean buses.

•Approved a $50 rate for driver education classes for the 2014-15 school year and approved the annual driver’s education program.

•Set 2014-15 lunch prices at $2.25 for elementary students and $2.50 for high school students. This is the same rate as the current year.

•Elected board member P.J. Copple as board treasurer.

•Accepted Sara Stacchiotti of Ancona, Italy, as a foreign exchange student for the 2014-15 school year. She will live with host family Dr. and Mrs. Fred Stoner.

•Authorized Duquesne University School of Education to use high school classrooms from July 1 through December for its master’s program.

•Approved the resignation of English teacher Abigail Schartner, effective June 30. She accepted a position in the Beaver Area Middle School.

•Accepted the resignation of bus driver John Krupa , effective June 6. He worked for the district for nine years.

•Agreed to advertise for bids for gasoline and diesel fuel, refuse services and sealing blacktop for the bus garage parking lot.

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