Shaler Area board sets date to discuss residency issues

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Shaler Area school board members spoke with representatives from Millvale and Etna at their meeting tonight about how residents prove their residency.

"The townships need to understand the issues we are dealing with," Wes Shipley, district superintendent told Lin Mikelas, interim Millvale borough secretary and tax collector, and Mary Ellen Ramage, Etna borough manager and secretary. The issues include people moving into the district to attain an address then moving away while their children still attend Shaler Area using the first address as well as other problems of transiency, homelessness and guardianship. "We're really in a trust but confirm mode," he explained.

Every year, according to the superintendent, students register with the district when they are not legal residents in any of the communities that make up Shaler Area: Etna, Millvale, Reserve and Shaler. "What do you have in place that confirms residency?"

The district gave both women packets prepared by the administration and set a date for a work session with the school board at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 to further discuss the issue, which for the district is questionable enrollment numbers.

For the neighboring communities, according to James Giel, school board president, there is another problem: "You are not collected the earned income tax you should."

Representatives from Shaler and Reserve townships are expected to join the two borough secretaries at the January meeting.

By that time, Shaler Area students will have already made up the day they missed when Hurricane Sandy closed district schools on Oct. 30. The make-up day will be Jan. 21.

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Rita Michel, freelance writer: First Published November 14, 2012 10:45 PM


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