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WS Career budget plan a bit leaner

Spending drop of about $7,600 is in $6M plan for tentative 2009-10 budget.

PRINGLE-- The tentative 2009-10 West Side Career and Technology Center budget includes something unusual: a decrease in spending.

The school’s joint operating committee adopted the tentative spending plan in the amount of $6,006,056, which represents a decrease of about $7,600 from the amount approved for 2008-09.

Business Manager David Williams said the small decrease was an accumulation of savings on several items.

The proposed budget includes the $53,844 salary for a career resource officer and allows for a sports trainer and the addition of the girls and boys volleyball programs, Williams said.

Consolidating two computer shops into one created a savings of $64,462 that offset much of the increased costs, he said.

The committee also got a sneak peek of the school’s new state-of-the-art Web site designed by Jason Gogola. The site, designed as Gogola’s graduation project from Luzerne County Community College, integrates a virtual shop tour filmed and produced by the tech school’s students and other interactive features and was created at no cost to the school, Administrative Director Elizabeth Ellis said.

Ellis also announced that the school will hold on-site registration for new students on Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and congratulated several students who achieved state recognition in recent competitions.

Damien Denman, Brandon Materniak and Erin Oakley were recognized for their accomplishments at Distributive Education Clubs of America competition. Jason Hatcher and John Thomas were recognized for earning medals at Skills USA. Jen Kelly, from Wyoming Area, and Sam O’Connell, from Lake-Lehman, were awarded plaques for placing first in state-level competition at Skills USA in television production.

“I really, truly believe these two have the potential to bring a national championship here to West Side,” Ellis said.

In other business, the board heard a presentation from representatives of Kelly Educational Staffing about outsourcing the recruitment, screening, training and administrative services related to the hiring of substitute teachers.

Other personnel-related matters acted on by the committee included accepting the resignation of network security instructor Jeffrey Martin and approval to post for his replacement and accepting the resignation of Betty Milazzo, main office secretary.

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