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Waynesboro Area School Board expected to vote Friday on budget

June 27, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Waynesboro Area School Board meeting scheduled for Friday will address the 2012-13 operating budget, changes to alternative education and possible support staff raises.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the administration building at 210 Clayton Ave.

A major agenda item is the budget, which must be finalized that night to meet a state deadline.

The school board is considering a 1-mill property tax increase to support a $50.8 million spending plan.

A mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value for a property owner. An additional mill of taxes would cost the average homeowner $17, school officials have said.

Each mill of taxes generates about $240,000 in revenue for the school district.

When the preliminary budget was approved a month ago, Business Administrator Robert Walker said the spending plan holds the line in many areas. Waynesboro, like other districts across Pennsylvania, is facing hefty increases in its contributions to the state pension system.

One change in spending could be how Waynesboro handles alternative education. Students now being sent to facilities managed by Manito Inc. could be housed in a new classroom at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. It would be similar to a classroom added in 2011-12.

Manito staff would continue to work with those students.

The school board last week reached a contract agreement with its teachers union after nearly two years of negotiations. The preliminary budget was approved before the deal was reached.

— Jennifer Fitch

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