Fox Chapel Area school board welcomes 2 new members

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Somer Obernauer and Lisa Rutkowski, took their seats on Fox Chapel Area school board Monday evening before the board's agenda study session.

Senior Judge Robert Gallo of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court administered the oaths of office at Dorseyville Middle School.

The two new board members will complete the unexpired terms of Robin Baum and Sherman Snyder, who resigned from the board in March, citing personal reasons.

Mr. Obernauer and Mrs. Rutkowski were appointed at a special meeting April 26. Both will represent Region I of the school district that includes all of Sharpsburg Borough and wards 2, 3, and 4 of O’Hara Township.

Their terms will run through December 2015, according to Bonnie Berzonski, coordinator of communications for the school district

Mr. Obernauer has lived in the school district for more than 30 years and is the father of two Fox Chapel Area High School graduates. He and his wife, Carol, live in O’Hara Township.

Mrs. Rutkowski is an eight-year resident of O’Hara Township. She and her husband, Brian, have two children attending Kerr Elementary School.

In other business, the board discussed the district's 2014-15 proposed operating budget of $94,097,186, a plan which is scheduled for a vote May 12 during the board's meeting at Fox Chapel Area High School.

The proposed budget, requires a real estate tax of 18.6283 mills. That is a 0.98 percent increase over the current rate.

Rita Michel, freelance writer:

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