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Latrobe voters to get budget insight

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Voters in the Greater Latrobe School District will have a chance to learn about the district's preliminary budget for the 2013-2014 school year before the May 21 primary in which four candidates are seeking the Democratic and Republican nominations for four-year terms on the board.

The school board during its May 14 meeting to discuss the agenda will review the budget for the upcoming school year, Susan Mains, board president, said during the meeting Tuesday.

The current school budget of $48.4 million required a 1.5-mill take hike, raising the total real estate taxes to 76.0 mills. That budget was approved last June.

School directors on Tuesday decided to delay their regular monthly meeting from May 21, the day of the primary, to 7:30 p.m. May 28. The board last week had decided to hold both its agenda meeting and regular monthly meeting on May 14, but Mains said directors decided having a budget discussion and a condensed meeting would result in a very long meeting.

In their bids for re-election, three board members are seeking the nominations of both parties in the May primary: Kathryn Elder, Rhonda A. Laughlin and William A. Palmer Jr. A fourth board member whose term expires this year, Dr. David A. Moffa, is not seeking another term.

Greg Fumea of Unity, who is running for the board in the primary, said he was hoping the budget discussion would be held before the primary.

In other business, the board accepted the resignations of six teachers, two school nurses, and a guidance counselor.

All of the resignations take effect before the beginning of the new school year.

An assistant football coach, Robert Jury, resigned as of March 20.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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