School directors voted Monday night to adopt a $28.73 million budget that will increase the property tax rate by about 0.5 mill for property owners in Carnegie, Crafton and Rosslyn Farms.
The board voted unanimously to approve the budget. Director Joe Appel was absent. The tax rate will change from 19.089 to 19.604 mills — an increase of 0.515. Those who own a home valued at $100,000 can expect to pay about $51 in additional taxes.
Few people attended the meeting, and no one spoke in opposition to the increase. School board President David Roussos said after the meeting that the budget reflects an investment in facilities.
■ The policy on parking and traffic enforcement on high school grounds and district property is being updated to define parking areas. Mr. Roussos said after Monday night's meeting that vehicles are being parked on sidewalks, curbs and lawns during high school events.
Mr. Roussos said that signs will be posted and curbs will be painted to define the parking areas. He said there will be a security guard to direct visitors to parking areas. Violators will be towed at the owner‘s expense.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
More than 100 runners and more than 25 volunteers gathered at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in support of a graduate, Michael McNally who suffered head injuries when he was struck by a car in December 2010 while riding his bicycle on campus at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.
The McNally family is moving to Texas. Michael was a cross-country and track athlete at OLSH, prompting the running theme for the fundraising event. The Rally for McNally in May raised nearly $15,000 to help defray the cost of medical care and the family’s move.
Five students at Parkway West Career and Technology Center were part of a group assisting Chartiers Valley High School students in working on a plaque discovered in the high school basement.
The plaque has the names of 17 World War II veterans from the community.
Parkway West masonry students Zac Farrow and Josh Was constructed a memorial to display the plaque, and auto body student Joe Hickey painted the historical bell that was found alongside the plaque.
School board members on June 18 approved a $58.02 million budget for the 2014-15 school year that holds the property tax rate at 18.51 mills. The owner of a $100,000 home will continue to pay $1,851 a year.
The vote was 7-0, with two board members absent.
A $3.6 million shortfall between revenues and expenditures will come from the district’s fund balance, leaving an estimated $8.29 million in the fund balance in June 2015.
■ The fifth-grade student government at Donaldson Elementary School donated $500 to the Western Allegheny Community Library’s children's department, providing books for the library‘s new foreign language collection and book club kits.