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January 08, 2013

School board discusses security upgrades

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Visitors to Waynesboro Area School District buildings may be required in the future to show photo identification like a driver’s license while still outside, district Superintendent Sherian Diller said Tuesday.

Diller talked to the Waynesboro Area School Board about building security during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Staff from the middle and high schools recently underwent “active shooter” training with Waynesboro Police Chief James Sourbier, Diller said. Plans are in the works for elementary school staff to undergo the same training, she said.

An assembly about similar topics might be held for students, Diller said.

The district’s safety plans are being sent to the Waynesboro and Washington Township, Pa., police departments for an updated review. Also, the classroom doors are being locked more often, according to Diller.

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The schools now have a buzzer system for visitors entering the buildings, but Diller said she wants to explore adding a camera that can provide a close-up view of a driver’s license. School board member Rita Daywalt asked her to learn more about a system that would save photos of potential visitors.

Board votes to stay within tax-increase index

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to stay within a state-issued index related to potential tax increases for 2013-14.

Pennsylvania school boards are required to decide whether they can limit any potential property tax increase to the amount set by an Act 1 index, which is related to the rate of inflation. The school boards must stay within the index when budgeting or seek exemptions from the state, courts or voters to raise taxes beyond that amount.

For 2013-14, the board agreed to not raise property taxes beyond 2.2 mills. A mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value for taxpayers.

Borough has immediate committee vacancies

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Borough of Waynesboro has vacancies on the civil service commission, planning commission, recreation board, shade tree commission and zoning hearing board, according to a news release.

The Borough of Waynesboro is seeking individuals who are interested in being considered for those particular vacancies, as well as any future vacancies that may occur on any other boards, the release stated.

Letters of interest should be forwarded to Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger at 55 E. Main St., P.O. Box 310, Waynesboro, Pa., 17268, or by email at lloyd@waynesboropa.org.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting him through the methods above or by telephone at 717-762-2101, ext. 233.

— Jennifer Fitch




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