Last Chance: Talking About the PR Schools Budget

The Pine-Richland School Board's finance committee meets this week.

We call this column Last Chance, but this week we're featuring one of many chances to make your opinions known about

The Pine-Richland School Board is in the process of adopting a budget for the 2012-2013 school year. The total budget is about $65 million, but a $2 million gap exists between revenue and expenses.

The school board's finance committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the at 702 Warrendale Road in Gibsonia, directly behind

Although it is a committee meeting, the entire school board usually attends.

Adoption of a final budget is set for June 25.

People wishing to comment Wednesday have two opportunities—at the beginning of the meeting and the end. In between is reserved for the committee's discussion. The entire meeting is open to the public.

If you cannot be there, you may email comments to board secretary Tara Bennett at tbennett@pinerichland.org. She makes sure the entire board sees them. Her phone number is 724-625-7773 ext. 6100.

Wondering who is on the Pine-Richland School Board? Click here for a link about the board; bios on each of the directors are listed in the left rail.

Finance committee members are Treasurer Dennis Sundo, chairman; Therese Dawson, President Stephen Hawbaker and Peter Lyons. 

The school board will discuss the budget at several meetings in May and June.

At all school board and committee meetings, the public is invited to address the board at the beginning and end of the meetings. Speakers are asked to limit their comments to three minutes.

All meetings are held at the district's administrative office building. Here is a timeline:

May 16, 6 p.m.—Budget discussions at finance committee meeting. 

May 21, 7:30 p.m.—Adoption of the proposed final budget at the school board's regular meeting.

May 29, 6 p.m.—Budget discussions at finance committee meeting.

June 5—Deadline to post the proposed final budget for public review.

June 11, 7:30 p.m.—School board's planning meeting.  

June 25, 7:30 p.m.—Adoption of tax rates and the final budget at the school board's regular meeting. 

For a full list of budget documents, communications and a timeline, click here.


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