Shaler Area to vote on final budget June 19

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Finalizing a budget for the 2013-14 school year and reaching a collective bargaining agreement with the Shaler Area Education Association are among the items the board and district will continue to work on as the students begin summer vacation on June 13.

The final budget was reviewed at the school board's working meeting Wednesday evening. To prevent reaping a windfall from Allegheny County's property reassessment as required by law, the administration has dropped the millage rate from 25.63 to 20.76 to fund the balanced $74,040,954 general operating budget.

A 2 percent discount will be applied to residents who pay their real estate taxes within two months of the date of the tax notice. Those who fail to make payments within four months of the tax notice will be assessed a 10 percent penalty.

The school board will vote on the proposed final budget at its voting meeting at 7:30 p.m. June 19.

And in an open letter sent to SAEA president Melissa Ravas on June 7, board president James Giel requested the teachers' negotiating team meet with the school board's team at the soonest mutually agreeable date. The district offered 34 days in June, July and August from which the teachers can choose.

Now that the board has twice accepted the report of the fact-finder appointed by the state labor relations board and SAEA has twice rejected it, both sides must return to the negotiation table.

"We would like to meet as soon as possible to discuss, specifically, the objections that SAEA has with the report. We would also be interested, given the association's rejection of the fact finder's report, to hear the association's proposal for resolving this matter," Mr. Giel said in his letter to the teachers' union president.

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Rita Michel, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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