New Castle News


June 20, 2013

Wilmington OKs budget with no tax hike

NEW CASTLE — The Wilmington School Board approved a $20 million budget with no tax increase this week.

The new $20,077,110, spending plan for the 2013-14 school year is $1,660,567 greater than the current year’s budget. Increases are attributed to higher retirement costs and capital projects anticipated for the coming school year.

Taxes, which were raised last year, remain at 13.3 mills for Lawrence County and 62.6 mills for Wilmington Township, Mercer County.

Also at its meeting, the board:

•Accepted the $28,195 bid of Arcadia Glass House of Painesville, Ohio, for an educational greenhouse.

•Authorized 10 teachers to participate in the summer school program.

•Hired seven part-time cleaners for the summer.

•Set pay rates at $70 per day for substitute teachers for the first 90 days and $75 per day for more than 90 days; $7.25 per hour for school crossing guards; $16.30 per hour for driver’s training; $24 per hour for homebound; and $70 per day for nurses or nursing assistants. The rates are effective July 1.

•Contracted with Mortimer’s Excavation Inc. for $1,885 to provide materials and equipment to address drainage problems at the high school parking lot and provide alley access to houses on High Street.

•Approved the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center budget for the 2013-14 school year.

•Authorized Dr. C. Joyce Nicksick, district superintendent, to serve as chief school administrator for the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center for the 2013-14 school year. This position is filled annually on a rotating basis by the superintendents in Lawrence County’s eight school districts.

•Added as substitute bus and van drivers Marie Fedorchak and Christine Glass, both of New Wilmington, and Barbara Reda and Samantha Van Dyke, both of Mercer.

•Accepted the resignations of support teacher Sonja Wastvedt and crossing guard Robert Wilson.

•Tabled a proposed Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield fee schedule pending more information.

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