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Neshannock

May 11, 2013

Playing sports for Neshannock? You’ll have to pay

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock school district has no tax hike in its proposed budget, but is extending its pay-to-play program.

The proposed $17 million 2013-14 budget will be posted on the district’s website. The budget holds the millage at the current rate of 14.3758.

The board also agreed to continue to charge a fee of $50 per child per year — up to $250 per family — to participate in a team sport. The pay-to-play policy was imposed in 2011.

The board also agreed to a non-refundable $25 per semester parking fee.

Those two policies passed on a 7-1 vote with Amy Na opposing. Dr. Richard Papa was absent.

In addition, the board approved a $50 per-student driver education class fee.

Also at this week’s meeting, the board:

•Renewed the contract with Nutritional Inc. for the 2013-14 school year. The cost is not to exceed $42,677 for the school year.

•Accepted a 7 percent increase in health insurance rates with Western Pennsylvania Schools Health Care Consortium. New rates are $523.03 for an individual; $1,072.19 for a single parent and children; $1,197.73 for an employee and spouse; and $1,380.78 for a family. Superintendent Dr. Mary Todora said she had met with the Neshannock Education Association, which agreed to provide representatives to join her and board members Jay Vitale, James McFarland, Amy Na to investigate prices and search for an alternative consortium.

•Contracted with Philip Weiner & Co. to audit the 2012-13 school district accounts, not to exceed $12,000.

•Set rates for the 2013-14 school year at $2.25 per lunch for elementary students and $2.50 per lunch for the high school. These are the same rate as the current year.

•Approved purchase of new math textbooks.

•Passed the special education plan submitted by pupil services director Concetta Fiorante. The vote was 7-0-1 with Na abstaining. The plan had been forwarded to board members via email. However, Na said, a glitch with her computer prevented her from receiving the plan in time to read it fully before the meeting.

•Continued the contract with ESB Bank to serve as the district’s depository for the 2013-14 school year.

•Granted the request of two students to attend Laurel Junior-Senior High School for the vocational agricultural and Future Farmers of America programs.

•Accepted the resignation of bus driver Faith Johnson, who will retire June 7 after 36 years with the district.

•Added the following to the substitute lists: Stephanie Roshala and Samantha Garrity, elementary/special education; Kelly Argiro, high school English; Patricia Walzer, substitute secretary/para-professional; Latoya Smith and Dorothy Hyberg, bus drivers; and Michael Cornell, custodian.

•Discussed with parent Vicky Evans of Old Pulaski Road, the possibility of establishing a bowling club made up of district students.

•Agreed to advertise for bids for gasoline and diesel fuel, refuse services and to seal the black top at the high school.

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