New Castle News


May 24, 2014

Union says no to tax hike — and no to vo-tech budget

NEW CASTLE — There are no plans for a tax increase next year in the Union school district.

The board introduced a budget of $11,287,165. This is a $600,000 increase from the current year’s.

The spending plan reflects projected revenues of $10.7 million, leaving a deficit of $587,000, according to Samantha Laverty, business manager. She said $250,000 is in budget reserve for emergency purposes.

Millage remains at 14.42 in the proposal.

The vote on the budget introduction was unanimous.

According to Laverty, the increase in expenses is because of hiring an assistant principal, adopting more textbooks for all grades, purchasing more technology, completing a small paving project, purchasing two buses and inflation.

The budget will be on display in the superintendent’s office for 20 days before formal action on adoption takes place at the June 18 meeting. It is subject to change, Laverty said.

Superintendent Alfonso A. “Butch” Angelucci commended Laverty, the administration and board for finding ways to keep the integrity of the instructional process intact without costing the taxpayers.

He added there is a fund balance of $2.7 million. “For a school district of our size, that is healthy.”

The board hired Rob Nogay as assistant principal at a salary of $73,250. His position is effective July 1.

Nogay is a history/social studies teacher and co-athletic director at Neshannock High School.

A Union High School graduate, Nogay lives in the township. He also graduated from Westminster College.

The board agreed to create the position earlier this year.

“It is based chiefly on relieving the burden of the principal, who was overseeing discipline, attendance and instructional leadership,” Angelucci said.

The change will remove the discipline and attendance portions from principal Mike Ross, he added, so Ross can focus more on instructional leadership.

By a unanimous vote, the board accepted Angelucci’s resignation, effective June 30. He announced earlier this month he has accepted the position of superintendent in the Slippery Rock school district.

Angelucci said the board will continue to look at its options for his replacement.

“No decision has been made at this time for an interim or acting superintendent.”

He thanked the board and administration “for the many things we’ve accomplished in five years.”

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