The Penn Hills school board last week OK'd a $75.95 million 2013-14 budget.
The spending plan calls for 11 teachers and 15 aides to be furloughed, district business manager Richard Liberto said, but no programs will be cut.
The property tax rate decreased from 24.81 mills to 23.47 mills, he said. Despite the decrease, the effect on property owners' tax bills will vary because of the recent Allegheny County property reassessment. Governments and school districts are required by state law to lower their millage rates to remain "revenue neutral" after property reassessments.
Penn Hills, one of three districts still sending students to the Boyce Campus Middle College, will take over administration of the alternative high school program, Mr. Liberto said.
The Boyce program had been on the chopping block for the past several years as the four districts that participated in the program -- Penn Hills, Gateway, Plum and Woodland Hills -- struggled to balance their budgets. Woodland Hills dropped the program last year.
Mr. Liberto said Plum and Gateway students will still be able to attend the Boyce program by paying tuition to Penn Hills. He said the district hopes to grow the program over the next two years.
"It's a good program for these kids who don't fit into the large school settings," he said.
The budget passed, 5-3, at Thursday's meeting; board members Heather Hoolahan, Jennifer Burgess-Johnson and Denise Graham-Shealey dissented. Carolyn Faggioli was absent.
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