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Penn-Trafford's 2013-14 budget will be released at the school board's May 6 meeting.

Part of the planned presentation will be the savings the district can expect by not filling positions left open by retirements, said Superintendent Thomas Butler.

Nine retirements have been received by the district, and seven of those positions will not be filled. That move will save the district “well over” $700,000, Butler said on Monday during the board's April voting meeting.

“We've been very frugal not replacing seven professional staff (members),” he said.

Student learning will not be affected, he said. As enrollment has declined, the district has been paring back staff through attrition. Last year, 19 positions were eliminated, mainly through retirements, saving the district about $1 million.

Penn-Trafford Education Association representative Shaun Rinier said district staff has been reduced 45 percent over the past six years.

Enrollment has decreased since the 2003-04 school year, said board President P. Jay Tray.

Kindergarten enrollment — 225 students — is the lowest it's been in recent memory, Butler said. He expected the class to grow by about 25 to 50 students before graduation.

The Class of 2013 comprises 350 students, Butler said.

During a March meeting, “very preliminary” budget figures showed expenditures at $49.9 million and revenues totaling $49 million, according to business manager Brett Lago. At that point, personnel changes and health care figures had not been accounted for, he said then.

Final budgets are due by June 30, according to state law.

School directors last year approved a 1.6-mill tax increase for the current 2012-13 budget that emphasized technology upgrades. Expenditures were budgeted at about $48 million.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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