Leechburg school tax rate yet to be determined
Melanie Knight, of Gilpin Township, questions the Leechburg Area School Board about moving the athletic program from the WPIAL to the Heritage Conference during the school board meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Photo by Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
The Leechburg Area School Board is preparing to unveil its budget for the 2013-14 school year.
The board will meet again at 7:30 p.m. May 1.
Board members on Wednesday night didn't indicate if a tax hike is in the offing.
That will depend, officials say, on whether the number of teachers stays the same or one or two more teachers need to be hired.
Officials indicated the number of full-time kindergarten students registered for next year is more than had been anticipated.
In other business
• A school make-up day is scheduled for May 10 because of bad weather March 25.
• Resident Melanie Knight of Gilpin questioned the board's decision last month to move Leechburg's athletic programs from the WPIAL to the PIAA District 6 Heritage Conference.
Knight asked why the parents weren't notified before the decision was made.
Board President Terry Knepshield said there were several public meetings and newspaper reports on the issue before the decision.
Knight also said she was concerned about long road trips on school nights.
Superintendent James Budzilek said the Heritage Conference trips aren't much longer than the WPIAL road trips, citing recent basketball trips to Connellsville's Geibel High School, 48 miles one way from Leechburg.
Budzilek added that the coaches are on board with the decision.
Leechburg has a girls head basketball coach vacancy, the only position not included in Budzilek's discussions.
• District officials remind residents that school board meetings will start at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the calendar year.
• The Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit has a budget for next school year. Board representative Jean Stull said the intermediate unit's budget will be $2.9 million.
Leechburg Area's share will be $26,400.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
More Valley News Dispatch
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.