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Greencastle briefs

November 16, 2007

School board votes to increase tax



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted Thursday to increase the school district's 2008-09 school year real estate tax by no more than 5.4 percent.

The 5.4 percent number is the index given to the school district by the state, Business Manager Richard Lipella said.

The current mill rate is 88.9, which is multiplied by the assessed value of a piece of real estate to determine the real estate tax on that property, Lipella said.

With the vote, the mill rate cannot increase by any more than 5.4 percent, which would bring the mill rate to 93.6 or 93.7.

"The assessed value will stay the same, but the mill rate will go up," Lipella said.




Student suspended in paintball gun incident



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - During executive session Thursday, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board decided the punishment for a 10th-grade male who brought a portion of an unloaded paintball gun to school on Oct. 29.

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The student will complete a 10-day out-of-school suspension and 15 hours of community service, said Bob Crider, director of secondary education.

Although the student did not bring the paintball gun to school with the intent to harm anyone, the portion of it he did bring to school resembled a gun, Crider said.

"He brought it to show it to his friends," Crider said. "He saw nothing wrong with what he was doing."

Crider said the student had never been a disciplinary problem in the past and was a "great kid."

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