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Board vetoes Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center's budget

April 09, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday became the second board to reject the Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center’s 2013-14 operating budget, sending the career center back to the drawing board as it hammers out a spending plan.

Waynesboro’s school board voted 8-0 to reject the proposal because of increased expenditures.

Board President Chris Lind specifically pointed to a proposed 3.5 percent salary hike for career center staff.

“It’s not right we vote for something there that is more than our teachers, administrators and support staff are getting,” he said.

Waynesboro is one of five school districts that contribute financially to the career center and oversee its operations. Together, those districts contribute about $5.8 million a year to the facility south of Chambersburg, Pa.

On Monday, the Tuscarora School Board also voted against the career center budget as presented. The vote was 7-1, with board member Larry Funk voting against the motion and board member Harold Hunsberger absent.

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Lind said the career center’s budget would have needed a two-thirds majority of school boards to be approved. Since that majority now cannot be reached, the budgeting process must begin again for the career center.

The dissenting boards want the career center budget to stay under a 2 percent increase, just like some of the participating school districts are required to because of a state index, according to Lind.

“We’re going to be putting more pressure on them at the next meeting,” Lind said.

Representatives of other school boards did give the career center’s budget their OK in committee, he said.

Waynesboro board member Leland Lemley joined Lind in voicing dissent in committee.

“We were very open about our concerns,” Lemley said.

Waynesboro board member Ed Wilson was absent from the school board’s meeting Tuesday.

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