Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]

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A.W. BEATTIE

Increases in retirement funding and uncertain health care costs are financial issues contributing to a $743,000 increase in A.W. Beattie Career Center's $8.8 million proposed budget for 2014-15.

The school's 18-member joint committee adopted the proposed budget April 30.

The next step is for the 81 members of the nine districts to vote before formal adoption can take place.

HAMPTON

Marguerite Imbarlina, assistant high school principal, was appointed principal April 28 by school directors. The appointment becomes effective July 1.

She replaces Jeff Finch, who became assistant superintendent.

MARS AREA

School directors Tuesday approved a preliminary $43.4 million budget for 2014-15 that will keep the property tax rate at 99 mills.

Next year's budget reflects 5 percent increases on both the revenue and expenditure side, said business manager Jill Swaney. Expenses increased in salaries, retirement and special education tuition.

The budget maintains all programs and adds six professional positions - including recalling the final guidance counselor furloughed two years ago - and two support positions. And it adds the position of assistant superintendent director for elementary education. The board will vote June 10 on the final budget.

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The last day of classes has been changed to June 5, which also is the date for graduation. The last day for staff will be June 6. The extra days were necessary in order to have the state-mandated 180 days of instruction because of the number of snow days, said superintendent James Budzilek.

NORTH ALLEGHENY

The school board approved the purchase of nine buses during a special meeting last Thursday. The item had been tabled from April 23 after some board members questioned whether a 90-passenger bus was comfortable.

The 90-passenger buses are the same length as 84-passenger buses, but with thinner padding on the seat backs in order to fit in an extra row.

In the subsequent week, board members were able to see and sit in a 90-passenger bus in the bus garage. The board awarded a $714,032 contract to Myers Equipment Co. …

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