East Allegheny directors OK no-hike budget
East Allegheny school board on Monday approved a $31.227 million 2013-14 budget, holding the tax rate at 27.54 mills.
District officials said the rate is revenue-neutral despite property reassessments. Solicitor Daniel P. Beisler doubted that there would be a windfall.
“I think it is unfair to every school district in Allegheny County the way it is going,” Beisler said. He added that it may take “a couple more months” to conclude assessment appeals and, if needed, the budget could be reopened.
The board approved a $1.2 million tax anticipation note from Huntington Bank and gave its blessing to a $4.8 million revenue anticipation note sought by Forbes Road Career & Technology Center.
It also approved $154,955 in insurance premiums bought through Gleason Agency Inc., a $2,527 savings from 2012-13.
The board re-elected Roxanne Sakoian Eichler as its treasurer and reorganized the district's administration.
High school principal Donald MacFann will move from overseeing grades 9-12 to overseeing grades 11 and 12 while serving as assistant to Superintendent Roger A. D'Emidio.
Gary Peiffer held that assistant's role and was federal programs coordinator before being hired a year ago as superintendent at Carlynton.
At that time Raymond Morton added the federal programs job to his role as principal at Logan Middle School. He remains coordinator but will be principal for Ninth Grade Academy and grade 10.
Betsy D'Emidio moves from assistant principal for grade 9 to assistant for grades 11 and 12. Mark Draskovich succeeds Morton as principal of grades 7 and 8 at Logan and will serve as director of pupil personnel.
Sean Gildea will continue as principal for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, commuting between the Early Learning Center (pre-K), Green Valley Primary (K-3) and Logan (4-6).
Angela McEwen remains assistant principal at ECC and Green Valley and will have grant-writing duties.
The board opened the varsity baseball coaching job Ryan Encapera had for five years. He also coached softball and boys basketball.
The board approved a contract for continued special education services by Allegheny Intermediate Unit; auditing services for 2012-13, '13-14 and '14-15 from Hosack, Specht, Muetzel & Wood LLP; and the sale of properties along Crooked Run Road and George Drive in North Versailles Township
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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