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Quaker Valley to add kindergarten teacher; approves '13-14 budget

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 2:42 p.m.

Quaker Valley school directors will use $170,800 of reserve funds to close a funding gap in the 2013-14 school year's $42.1 million budget.

The board approved the budget last week.

The property tax rate was set at 16.93 mills, meaning a Sewickley Borough homeowner whose property is valued at $180,700 would pay $3,059 — a decrease of about $780 from 2012-13.

In Bell Acres, a property valued at $139,550 would see a decline of about $600 with a 2013-14 tax bill of $2,362.

A majority of district revenues — 84 percent — are derived from local taxpayers, district leaders said.

The 2013-14 year budget is about 2.68 percent larger than the current year's budget. Of that, about 2 percent represents state-mandated increases to employee retirement costs, according to district officials.

Administrators will see wage concessions and freezes, Superintendent Joseph Clapper said.

A three-year administration contract calls for an average salary increase of 2.2 percent, reduction of bonuses and includes the elimination of one position.

In addition, teacher and support staff groups have been in talks with district leaders regarding possible concessions.

“Our staff understands the financial challenges that public schools face,” Clapper said.

The new budget calls for the addition of one kindergarten teacher.

It also retains a $497,000 contribution to the Sewickley Public Library, which is overseen by the district.

Students in grades 6-12 will continue with a one-to-one laptop program with a new four-year technology plan approved as part of the new budget.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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