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East Allegheny lunch, breakfast prices to increase

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Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 3:31 a.m.

East Allegheny school board voted on Monday to raise food service prices by 15 cents per meal.

Elementary breakfast will go up from $1.10 to $1.25, secondary breakfast from $1.35 to $1.50, elementary lunch from $2.10 to $2.25 and secondary lunch from $2.35 to $2.50.

Per a mandate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the district said the price of an adult breakfast will rise to $1.75 but lunch will stay the same, at $3.60.

The board voted to dissolve the STAR program at Green Valley Primary School and seek an alternative character education program.

It voted to develop a reading coach's position, to be paid in part with federal funds and in part with the new state Ready To Learn Block Grant.

School director Dr. Frederick Miller was the lone no vote on that matter and a staff reassignment that included naming fourth-grade teacher Maria Zarod to that reading coach's job.

Additionally, Kathleen Jackson and Amanda Rhoten were reassigned to full-day kindergarten from pre-K, Tracy Socci to full-day kindergarten from third grade, Janine Montgomery to Title I math from fifth grade and Kasey Poorman (seventh-grade science) and Nicole Staab (high school special education) to alternative education.

Miller also voted no while colleague Delores Brown abstained on a series of seven hirings.

Delcie Brown and Wade Brown were hired for fourth grade, James Comunale for seventh-grade science, Lauren Demsey for elementary art, Victoria Diges for high school special education and Kaitlyn Gida and Brenna MacFann for Pre-K Counts.

The board voted 9-0 to hire Ruth Gibson as a special education aide, grant Betty Lou Stone a leave from cafeteria work and accept resignations from cafeteria worker Carley Sciulli, assistant varsity football coach Omar White and varsity girls volleyball head coach Alan Mathieu and assistant coach Christa Calgaro.

Board vice president Karen Hensler asked for a moment of silence for retired longtime district employee Mildred Gillis, who died on July 28.

Gillis, 86, of East McKeesport was high school secretary and later a secretary to then-Superintendent Thomas Knight. She retired from the district in 2005.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or

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