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Shaler Area budget talks move forward; district facing deficit

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Shaler Area School District officials are working between now and June to finalize a budget that currently carries a $2.39 million deficit.

“We'll have a lot of additions and discussions and eliminations from now to June,” said Charlie Bennett, director of business affairs.

The largest increase to the $74.66 million budget is in regular instruction costs, a $1.8 million increase, followed by special education instruction costs, a $626,000 increase.

A large part of the increase is due to the district's mandatory Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement Systems (PSERS) contribution rate, which increases from 12.36 percent of payroll to 16.93 percent for the 2013-14 school year.

The Shaler Area School District school board was scheduled to approve the preliminary general fund budget on Wednesday, May 15. However, Bennett stressed that “nothing is set in stone” for the budget yet.

The finance committee will discuss the budget in more detail at its committee meeting on Wednesday, May 29.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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