Tri-Valley Board adopts 2014-15 spending plan

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HEGINS - The Tri-Valley School Board of Directors approved the final budget for the 2014-15 school year during a special meeting last Wednesday evening at the high school.

The board voted unanimously to approve the $21,265,996 spending plan with an unreserved fund balance of $4,950. The budget reflects a .801 mill increase which is a 2.7% increase, the allowable state index. As reported earlier, the increase will cost the average homeowner an additional $24.81 per property, based on an average assessment of $30,965.

Director Diane Dietrich was not present at the meeting.

In other business, the board appointed Attorney James P. Diehl and Attorney David H. Rattigan of Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC, to the position of district solicitor.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Snyder thanked Attorney Harry Brown for his many years of good sound legal advice he provided to the district. Snyder said Brown was always just a phone call away.

Snyder also thanked Ron Bixler of Bixler Stumps and Trees, Ashland. Bixler donated his time and services to erect the girls' basketball state championship sign. Snyder also said Bixler donated his time and services for the removal of a tree at Hegins-Hubley that was impeding the progress of the construction project.

The Tri-Valley Girls Soccer team will be under the direction of a new head soccer coach. The board appointed Ryan Wagner to the position at a salary of $2,280 for the 2014-15 school year. Board President Dan Wagner abstained from the vote.

The board approved the extracurricular positions for the 2014-15 school year, they are listed as follows with their salaries:

Student council co-advisors, Matthew Readings and Connie Stehr, $1,347 (shared); yearbook advisor, Amanda White, $1,395; drama club advisor, Laura Costa, $1,347/production; junior class co-advisors, Kimberly Roulin and Valerie Specht, $540 (Shared); Senior class co-advisors, Ryan Cooper and Amanda Killian-Shiffer, $697 (shared); band director, Justin Welker, $3,327; majorettes advisor and flags advisor remain vacant; chorus director, Heather Hall, $2,315; elementary Bulldog Barker Editor, Jessica Allvord, $474; high school newspaper editor, vacant; honor society co-advisors, Amanda Killian-Shiffer and Amanda White, $610 (shared); FBLA co-advisors, Valerie Specht and Connie Stehr, $856 (shared); elementary audio visual director, Stacie Knehr Kutz, $1,468; secondary audio visual director, Ryan Cooper, $1,984; elementary technology coordinator, Sheila Murray, $800; spelling bee advisor, Jessica Allvord, $523.

The following were appointed as mentors at the rate of $938 for the 2014-15 school year: Lilia Alvarez for Jenna Shafer; Adam Dietrich for Amanda Pallo, Valissa Masser for Jessica Allvord, and Lori Washuta for Heather Hornung.

The intent to retire was accepted from Barbara Luckenbill, high school home economics teacher, effective at the end of 2014-15 school year.

The board approved to move Melissa Felty, secondary guidance counselor, from a 120-day part-time position back to the full-time 200-day position, starting in the 2014-15 school year.

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