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Waynesboro School Board briefs

October 22, 2008

Audit finds no major issues in fiscal year

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An audit report presented to the Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday revealed no major issues in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008.

Scot E. Orndorff of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC discussed the audit with the school board.

"Your total expenditures in the general fund were just under $42 million," Orndorff said. "The combination of salaries and benefits make up 61 percent of these expenditures. That's consistent of where they've been in the past several years."

The amount spent on salaries and benefits increased by about $1.5 million, he said.

WASD seeks three full-time custodians

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Advertisements soon will begin appearing for three new full-time custodians in the Waynesboro Area School District.

The school board approved the positions on a 7-2 vote Tuesday. Voting against the motion were Leland Lemley and Firmadge Crutchfield. Voting in favor were Mindy Rouzer, K. Marilyn Smith, Stanley Barkdoll, John Fitz, Chris Devers, Ed Wilson and Pat Heefner.

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Business Administrator Caroline Dean last week asked the board to hire more custodians, primarily to work at the expanded high school. She said that the cost of the positions depends on the employees' chosen benefits packages, but estimated the total expenditure to be around $100,000 per year.

New superintendent starts Monday

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School District's new superintendent, James L. Robertson, will have his first official day on Monday.

The school board on Tuesday agreed to keep Gloria Walker in the district as assistant superintendent two days a week for four weeks. Walker, who has been serving as interim superintendent, will make $397 per day.

"Two days a week would be very helpful," Robertson said. "It would certainly help me get a handle on what the situations are here."

Robertson said he might ask the board to extend Walker's agreement beyond 30 days if a new assistant superintendent has not been hired.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed that it will not raise taxes more than 5.2 percent next year.

The percentage reflects a capped amount put forth by the state.

The board's 2009-10 formal budget discussions will begin next spring.

- Jennifer Fitch

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