Wilson Area School Board directors approve final budget

Property owneres will see a slight tax increase.

WILSON, Pa. - Wilson Area School District property owners will see a slight increase in their tax bills.

The school board voted Monday night to approve the final proposed budget for 2014-2015.

The $37.2 million budget raises taxes to 51.3 mills, a 0.8 percent increase.

Using those figures, the owner of a home with an assessed value of $60,000 would pay $24 more in taxes next year. 

In other business, the school district is giving Wilson Area High School students a little more freedom when it comes to electronic devices on campus.

The board voted to amend a policy banning electronic devices at school. Students at the high school are now permitted to have them, as long as they're shut off.

However, teachers can allow students to use them "as an instructional resource when appropriate," Superintendent Doug Wagner said.

Also Monday, the board approved the resignation of Assistant High School Principal Rick Amato, who was hired last month by the Bethlehem Area School District to serve as Assistant Principal at the Broughal Middle School.

School officials will interview candidates to replace Amato next month, with the board hoping to approve the hiring of a new assistant principal at its mid-June meeting.

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