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Shenango

June 11, 2014

Shenango adopts budget with no tax increase

NEW CASTLE — The Shenango school board adopted a budget with no tax hike but with pay raises for some administrators.

The $16,447,678 budget for the 2014-15 school year is $627,886 higher than the current year’s plan.

All nine board members voted in favor of the budget Monday.

The district’s payment to the state Public School Employees Retirement System and an 11.1 percent boost in medical benefits account for most of the spending increase. Payment to the pension system will increase from $534,843 this year to $722,302 in the new budget.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Schreck said new revenue generated by the earned income tax is expected to cover the increase in spending. The district’s property tax will remain at 12.36 mills.

The board also approved salary adjustments for high school principal Joe McCormick and elementary principal Adam Vincent for the 2014-15 school year.

McCormick’s salary will increase from $85,961 to $92,237.50 and Vincent’s will increase from $84,028 to $90,761.70.

Krista Hunter of DuBois was hired as school psychologist at a salary of $49,770.

Schreck said that last year, the district split the services of a psychologist with the Laurel School District. Shenango’s share of the cost was $40,000, he said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board:

•Agreed to have insurance coverage from Ohio Casualty at a premium of $51,741. Coverage includes property, general liability, crime, auto and school leaders errors and omissions.

•Approved Highmark as the provider for workers’ compensation at a premium of $27,015.

•Increased pay for day-to-day substitute teachers from $75 to $80.

•Approved an increase in support staff salaries from $9 per hour to $10 per hour.

•Granted a sabbatical leave of absence for professional development for Beth DeCesare, an elementary teacher, for the 2014-15 school year.

•Approved Gleason Agency of Johnstown as the district’s agent for both insurance and workers’ compensation for the 2014-15 school year.

•Made no changes in cafeteria prices for the next school year and renewed a contract with Metz Corp. to manage food service.

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