Sto-Rox furloughs seven support staffers

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A $1.3 million funding shortfall in the Sto-Rox 2014-15 operating budget was met tonight through the furlough of four cafeteria and three custodial positions, attrition of some roles, business contract renegotiations and by returning the care of approximately 24 alternative education students back to the district.

Directors voted unanimously to pass the $22.727 million budget, which called for no tax increase. William Lenhart and Brian Taylor were not in attendance.

The millage rate for property owners was adjusted to 23.19 mills because of recent property value reassessments in Allegheny County. School taxes on a home valued at $75,000 are approximately $1,740 in McKees Rocks and Stowe.

Members of the district’s support staff were surprised by the inclusion of seven furloughs in the budget. The positions will have to be opened for bid, ultimately resulting in the loss of employment for seven who may have the least seniority. In 2013-14, four support staff positions were eliminated by the district.

The school’s support staff union contract is set to expire on June 30. A collective bargaining meeting is set for July 9, just two days after the arrival of new superintendent Terry DeCarbo.

Sonja Reis, freelance writer:

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