Brentwood officials consider credit program

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Purchases made on newly-approved credit cards could help bring in extra cash for the Brentwood Borough School District.

“Whether it be $1,000 or more, anything at this point and time — with the governor's budget — is welcome,” business manager Jennifer Pesanka said.

Board members on March 18 approved a resolution authorizing issuance of individual procurement cards. A procurement card is a form of a company credit card that allows employees to make purchases on behalf of the business or government entity.

The business manager said she wanted to introduce a new program that included benefits for making purchases on the card.

The district previously used American Express for credit card purchases, yet saw no benefit from the program, Pesanka said.

The approved program — Easy Procure, used by nearly 160 district's in Pennsylvania — will give the district a cash rebate once a year, she said.

Before the credit cards are issued, though, Pesanka said she wants to develop a policy manual and employee use agreement.

The cards likely mostly will be used for Internet purchases, conference attendances and construction supplies, she said.

Limits and criteria can be set for each card.

The money the district receives back will be based on how much all of the schools involved in the program spend.

School days

Students will return to the classroom on Aug. 26 to start the 2013-14 school year in the Brentwood Borough School District.

Board members on March 18 approved the calendar for next school year.

The calendar includes 184 student day and 192 teacher days.

Teachers will head back to the classroom on Aug. 21.

Police pact

School board members on March 18 agreed to a two-year memorandum of understanding with the Brentwood Borough Police Department that runs from March 1 to Feb. 28, 2015.

The agreement is required by the state, Superintendent Ronald Dufalla said, and is similar to ones in years past.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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