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Directors take no action on budget |

Directors take no action on budget

| Tuesday, June 21, 2005 12:00 a.m

Uniontown Area School District directors took no action on the 2005-2006 budget at the regular meeting Monday.

The current tentative budget of $35,691,848 contains a $1,009,800 deficit, which would represent a 1.4 mill tax increase. Each mill generates $723,000.

Directors will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Administration Building to discuss reducing the deficit and vote on the budget at a special meeting at 6:15 p.m. June 30 at the high school.

One factor that may affect the budget is a gas meter house at the high school. The protective structure will cost $17,000 and directors believe that Columbia Gas should reimburse the district for all or part of the cost, since the utility will relocate the meter during high school renovations. In addition to the high school, the gas reducing and metering station also serves a number of neighborhood homes and businesses. Director Ronald Machesky suggested that a fence may also be adequate protection for the meter. Directors tabled action regarding the meter house.

Superintendent Charles Machesky said that the budget deficit may also be lower once state reimbursement for elementary school renovations are calculated.

In other business:

= Directors adopted a handbook for student athletes. Director Tammy Boyle said that the handbook contains regulations and responsibilities for each sport and a sheet that parents must sign and students must return to their coaches before they can practice. The handbooks are designed to eliminate misunderstandings. Boyle said that an additional handbook for other extracurricular activities like cheerleading, band and chorus will be created. She said that the handbooks do not affect booster organizations.

= Directors hired Steven J. Dawson as a social studies teacher for A.J. McMullen.

= Directors hired Harry J. Kaufman III as an assistant freshman football coach at the high school.

= Jerome Florkevich, a physical education teacher at Benjamin Franklin, and Robert W. Sessler, an elementary teacher at Lafayette, retired.

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