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West Mifflin school board rejects redirected revenue policy

| Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 4:06 a.m.

West Mifflin Area school board unanimously rejected a policy that would have redirected revenue from commercial advertising on school property to the district's general athletics fund, instead of to sports boosters organizations.

Representatives from a number of booster groups told school directors on Monday that the policy could adversely affect their fundraising.

Some were concerned that the boosters would have to pay the district to hang banners thanking donors.

“Our donors would stop if they have to turn the money over” to the district, said Richard D. Olasz Jr., who is active with the baseball boosters.

Superintendent Daniel Castagna said selling advertising space on or around athletic facilities first was discussed last year as a means of generating revenue for sports programs. He said it never was intended to inhibit boosters' fundraising.

In other business, the board unanimously rejected Duquesne City School District chief recovery officer Paul Long's proposal that West Mifflin Area voluntarily accept Duquesne's kindergarten through sixth-grades students.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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