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Deer's visit could force changes at Apollo-Ridge High School

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The main entrance to Apollo-Ridge High School will get a look-over for possible improvements after a deer recently forced its way into the building.

The incident happened on the morning of June 5; school was still in session.

Superintendent Matt Curci said a deer that had been in the parking lot ran “full speed” into the magnetically closed lobby door with enough force to open it.

A Kiski Township police officer stationed at the school was able to direct it out another door, Curci said.

No one was hurt and there was no damage to the school, Curci said.

Curci said there are not any immediate security concerns because the door is not easily opened.

“It takes a heck of a lot of force and right at the right spot to make that happen,” he said. “It had to hit it in the right spot with a lot of force.”

The state Game Commission was informed of the incident, Curci said.Budget vote June 24

The school board is expected June 24 to pass the district's $21.68 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.

The proposed budget calls for no property tax increase, but the tax rate in Indiana County will go up because of the method used to equalize taxes between the district's Armstrong and Indiana county communities.

In Armstrong County, the property tax rate would remain at 60.8 mills.

In Indiana County, it would increase by about 4 percent, from 161.4 mills to 167.7 mills.

The board will also approve lunch prices for the 2013-14 school year.

They are proposed to remain unchanged at $2.25 for elementary students and $2.50 for secondary students.

The board meets at 7 p.m. in the community room at Apollo-Ridge High School.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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