Monessen budget requires no tax hike
The Monessen School Board on Thursday approved a new budget and welcomed a new high school principal for the new school year.
The $13,882,105 spending plan will hold the line on property taxes for a third straight year.
The final spending plan mirrored the tentative budget adopted last month.
Superintendent Dr. Leanne Spazak said pension and health care costs were a challenge in balancing the budget without need for a real estate tax hike. But she said the district realized savings by replacing retiring staff members with new hires at lower steps on the salary scale.
The board agreed to seek a $2 million tax revenue anticipation note from Citizens Bank if the state does not pass a budget by the June 30 deadline.
“Right now, we're pretty good,” Spazak said. “We're where we should be spending wise. We've been preparing for the worst-case scenario in case we get less from the state.”
The board hired Eric Manko as high school principal.
A Donora native, Manko has taught social studies at Ringgold High School the past 10 years.
Manko said he welcomes the opportunity to work close to home, noting his parents still live in Donora.
“I plan on being here as long as they will allow me,” Manko said. “After a couple of days of meeting everyone, it's like a little family here.”
Manko replaces Brian Sutherland, who left the Monessen post to become an elementary principal in the Yough School District.
Retired Monessen High School Principal Randy Marino is helping Manko with the transition. Marino has served the district since April, when Sutherland left.
Manko's salary will be $70,000 for the coming school year. The board approved 2014-15 administrative salaries for elementary center Principal Bethanne Natali, $88,900; middle school Principal Sherry Black, $75,600; and supervisor of psychologist/special education Tiffany Sherred, $58,500.
Each of the four is scheduled to receive $2,500 salary hikes annually through 2016-17 under the Act 93 plan approved by the board Thursday.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Recalling ‘White Friday’ storm that paralyzed Mid-Mon Valley in 1950
- Deteriorating Monessen building under renewed scrutiny
- Small Business Saturday events grow
- Holiday movie gives Cal U students get 2 seconds of fame
- Local homes tour will benefit Belle Vernon Area’s anti-drug program
- For some, pathway to Thanksgiving often bumpy
- Mon Valley Leathernecks tackle Toys for Tots drive
- Monessen-native Sarra anchoring Navy football team’s defense
- Two-mill tax hike proposed in Monongahela
- Accounting career adds up for Fallowfield native
- Century-old Christmas tradition catching on in Mon Valley