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Last updated: June 28. 2014 12:45AM - 1805 Views
Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent



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Greater Nanticoke Area School District on Thursday night adopted a final budget for the 2014-15 school year that increases real estate taxes by 3.1 percent.


The budget includes expenditures of $25,793,630 and revenues of $25, 570,269. The tax rate was set at 10.4932 mills. GNA School District is comprised of Nanticoke City and Plymouth, Newport, and Conyngham townships.


Homes within the district that are valued at $78,000 will see an approx.tax increase of $24 per year, whereas a $150,000 home will see a $47 increase. All board members voted in favor of the budget, with the exception of Robert Raineri, who voted against it, and Chet Beggs and Ken James, who were not in attendance.


The board has also approved Matt Foster Associates for auditing services for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2014, June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2016.


In addition, the board has approved the following administrative assignments effective Tuesday for the 2014-15 school year: John Gorham, pre K to second grade principal; Dr. Mariellen Scott, third to seventh grade principal, and Joe Long, eighth to 12th grade principal.


Denise Manganello, coordinator for the Seneca Valley Cyber School gave a presentation on the benefits of the program.


Benefits include cost effectiveness to the district, monthly webinars, wide variety of courses, and greater teacher involvement.


The program helps “special and general education students” according to Manganello. The school board has approved the contract with the Seneca Valley Cyber School for the next two school years.


Dr. Mariellen Scott reported that 20 staff members have completed CPR, AED, and seizure management courses, along with an Act 126 course on child abuse.


The next school board meeting will be held next at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.


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