Last updated: June 24. 2014 11:27PM - 1144 Views
By Geri Gibbons Times Leader Correspondent

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PRINGLE — The West Side Career and Technology Center is facing the upcoming school year without an operating budget.

Three sending districts — Wyoming Valley West, Dallas and Northwest Area — have approved the budget. The Lake-Lehman School Board voted against it. Wyoming Area did not have enough board members present for approval of the budget when it was last presented for a vote.

Solicitor Charles Coslett said Pennsylvania state law is clear. The approval of four of the five sending districts are necessary for the Center’s 2014-15 budget to be finalized.

John Marianacci and Deanna Farrell, committee members representing Wyoming Area, said two additional “yes” votes from their school board necessary for the district’s approval of the budget were anticipated by Thursday.

The deadline for finalization of the budget is June 30.

In another matter, Administrative Director Thomas Viviano said the center’s recent local advisory committee meeting had been well attended and productive.

Viviano said among topics discussed were the resurrection of the Adult Education Program and review of center programs.

“We want to form partnerships with community entities who can assist us with assessing and refining our programs to better meet the needs of our students,” he said.

In another matter, the committee approved an increase in compensation rates for substitute teachers for the 2014-2015 school year. Compensation will range from $80 to $85 for those teachers in category A, and from $110 to $175 for substitute teachers falling into category B.

The board also approved receipt of six hospital beds for its Health Related Technologies Program from the River Run Nursing home valued at $15,000.

The next meeting of the West Side Career and Technology Center’s Joint Operating Committee will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 28.

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