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Waynesboro briefs

November 18, 2009

Board recognizes outgoing members



WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Area School Board this week recognized outgoing board members Chris Devers, John Fitz and Gregory Ochoa.

Board President K. Marilyn Smith presented the men with bells and thanked them for their service. She also presented a bell to former board member Stanley Barkdoll, who did not receive one after his resignation a year ago.

Devers and Fitz did not seek re-election to their seats. Ochoa, who was appointed to Barkdoll's seat, lost an election bid to Chris Lind.

Ochoa addressed the board on Tuesday at the end of what he said was his last meeting, asking the board members to be open-minded and to serve as role models. He also mentioned teachers, saying they are not in their positions for the paychecks.

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Stimulus money to fund special ed math coach



WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Federal stimulus money will be used in the Waynesboro Area School District to create a special education math coach position at the middle school and a learning support position at Fairview Elementary School.

The school board voted Tuesday to use IDEA grants to pay for the positions, which will be filled by long-term substitutes unless a current staff member applies. If the position is filled in-house, a long-term substitute would take over that teacher's duties.

Assistant Superintendent Evan Williams said the positions will be eliminated when the stimulus funds expire.

Board keeps taxes below 3.7 percent Act 1 index



WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Property taxes in the Waynesboro Area School District will not increase beyond 3.7 percent in 2010-11, courtesy of a school board decision Tuesday.

The board unanimously agreed to notify the state it does not intend to raise taxes beyond the Act 1 index amount. The board could still petition for certain exemptions, many of which need court determination, but several board members said they have no desire to raise taxes beyond 3.7 percent.

Board OKs right of way lease deal with borough



WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A lease agreement between the Borough of Waynesboro and the Waynesboro Area School District received the school board's OK on Tuesday.

The 100-year agreement calls for the school district to pay the borough $1 a year for use of a right of way that stretches from Myrtle Avenue to the high school. The school district has 18 months to develop a 22-foot, limited-access driveway there.

Several months ago, the borough council balked when it learned the school board had no immediate plans to develop the driveway as part of its high school renovation and expansion project.

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