School board to discuss budget, security measures

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Mitch Toleson, the district's assistant superintendent for business and finance, said during a budget presentation before the vote that "this is probably one of the tightest budgets we've had in quite a few years".

Merrill Sweitzer, board member, asked how much contact the administration had with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates Architects regarding the feasibility study. In the 2013-14 school year, there were 1,322 students with special needs, which increased to 1,576 this year.

In response to a Saginaw NAACP request of the board to explain their decision to not renew McClain's contract and how they plan on filling the top district job, the board on Wednesday, April 12, voted to get a legal opinion before publicly commenting on the situation.

"It's not my personal forum", she said.

The finalists were selected after board members scored and ranked seven semifinalists. Sentance stepped down before a school board meeting where some members were expected to push to fire him.

If you don't like the agenda, you can propose additions and deletions to be voted on by the rest of the board, Finch said.

Alice Watson, the district's director of health and safety, said the school system sends alerts and warning notices to schools in danger of missing the targets.

She said she did not want to see programming hurt for the students.

Solicitor Ron Repak said some board members wanted to look at making that change after former board member Julie Hansen had to resign when she moved in December from Vandergrift, which is part of Region III, into Allegheny Township in Region II.

"That's why I made the recommendation for buildings and not programs".

School budgets are written in the summer before school starts, so school districts have to guess how many students will be in school during the year.

The move to a computerized system was meant to help district officials track which schools are holding safety drills more closely. The district's remaining elementary schools - Broad Street (grades 1-5), Northside (grades 1-5), Shepherdstown (grades 1-2) and Upper Allen (grades 3-5) - will each accommodate grades 1-3 for the 2018-19 school year.

He said the feedback from parents focused on how to improve scheduling, \ and the possibility of one, in-person conference at the beginning of the year and electronic conferences the rest of the year.

Wenrich said when a student comes into the district to cost the district such money is unpredictable.

According to Larry Cook, a technology director for the district, the 6 p.m. meeting's only goal is to hold an executive session.

"What you're going to find is an individual who is going to find the value in every student", Aderhold said.

"A notice is sufficient as long as the items actually considered at the meeting are reasonably related to the subject matter indicated by the notice", Roberts read from the Court's ruling.