Moon Area budget would lower tax rate

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Moon Area school directors have authorized the administration to post a $64 million budget that the board president referred to as "a very, very rough draft."

The spending plan for 2013-14 would lower the tax rate from 21.3 to 18.447 mills for property owners in Crescent and Moon to offset changes in property values due to reassessment. The proposed budget and millage rate are in accordance with Act 1 directives.

Director Ron Steele said Monday night that he wanted to remind everyone "that last year's preliminary budget ... included a tax increase," but that did not end up happening.

In other business, board members amended a service agreement with Global Management Solutions Inc. allowing the firm to hire a fifth maintenance person.

Also, a new program of studies was adopted for the high school. Curriculum changes include 22 modernized elective courses and two courses with name changes. These modifications are designed to refresh elective course offerings in department areas where students interest has been lacking.

Target has awarded the district a $4,200 field trip grant to be split $700 each for the middle school and the five elementary schools.

Samuel Woods was hired as a boys and girls varsity volleyball coach. Mr. Woods had been assistant volleyball coach in Montour since 2004.

The high school spring musical, "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 7, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. March 10. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Sonja Reis, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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