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Carlynton to keep taxes below index rate

| Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, 12:59 p.m.

A preliminary budget officially is months away for Carlynton School District.

As expected, the board of education voted unanimously at its Jan. 24 meeting to pass a resolution promising not to raise taxes above the district's index rate of 2.1 percent in 2013-14. School directors Patricia Schirripa, Jim Schriver, Betsy Tassaro and Sharon Wilson were absent, while President David Roussos voted by phone.

By passing the resolution, the district won't have to adopt a preliminary budget until May 29 and has until June 30 to set the final budget.

The district won't necessarily increase taxes with the resolution in place, directors said, but the resolution permits them to raise taxes by up to 2.1 percent. The district's current real estate tax rate is 23.15 mills.

New track program

After a successful test run last year, Carlynton will have a junior high track and field program this spring.

The school board on Jan. 24 approved to add a junior high program and post openings for a head coach and two assistants.

Superintendent Gary Peiffer said athletic director Nate Milsom determined there was enough interest from students to move forward with the girls and boys track teams.

“I think it's an excellent opportunity to be able to get more of our junior high kids involved so they become part of the school,” Peiffer said. “It would act as a feeder program for the high school track program.”

Roussos said the district tested the junior high program last season and said “the turnout was incredible.”

Weather delays, dismissals

Cold and snowy weather caused the district to adjust its schedule last week.

With negative wind chills forecasted for the mornings of Jan. 22 and 23, the district issued two-hour delays each day. Classes at Crafton Elementary were canceled Jan. 22 because of a water line break.

Snowy weather Friday led the district to dismiss students early. Students at Carlynton Junior-Senior High School were dismissed at 12:30 p.m., while students at Carnegie and Crafton elementary schools headed home at 1:30 p.m.

The snow also caused the postponement of all evening activities last Friday, including athletic practices and games and the Crafton Elementary School talent show scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 25.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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