Belle Vernon Area braces for signific...

Belle Vernon Area braces for significant tax hike

There are 255 comments on the Http story from Feb 16, 2011, titled Belle Vernon Area braces for significant tax hike. In it, Http reports that:

By a narrow margin and after heated debate, the Belle Vernon Area School Board Tuesday approved a preliminary budget that, if unchanged, would require the real estate tax rate to be raised much more than allowed under a state index.

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Wise old owl

Monessen, PA

#241 Nov 6, 2011
Election is on Tuesday. PLEASE vote wisely and be sure you know the candidates for school board and how they have voted in the past.

IF you don't mind paying HIGH TAXES this year and for the next two years, then you'll probably support Nusser, Kraft, and Sepesky. Don't complain when you receive your taxes.

IF you're tired of the spending and the high taxes this year and for the next two years, then vote for KUNKA and WHITEKO.

Vote for what you can afford or should I say who you can afford.
WT Resident

Pittsburgh, PA

#242 Dec 11, 2011
How high are the Taxes going to be for 2012 in Washington Twp How much did Jo spend on the track around 84 Have to go to the bar and ask
Possibly

Monessen, PA

#243 Dec 11, 2011
WT Resident wrote:
How high are the Taxes going to be for 2012 in Washington Twp How much did Jo spend on the track around 84 Have to go to the bar and ask
As high as the board proposes a budget. However, there are SUPPOSED to be a number of retirements which MAY help out. Count your blessings that you don't live in RT.

Joe Grata proposed $23000 for the track. We could have received about $6000 for the railroad tracks and ties but he felt the athletes were in danger walking Finley Road so he wanted a track built. Well, they encountered a problem so there's no track but the $23000 was paid. Why couldn't those athletes just use the weight room at the Plex? Aren't there treadmill machines in that room?

Instead of going to the bar and ask; why don't you attend the meetings and ask questions and get the facts first hand?
Joe

Uniontown, PA

#244 Apr 22, 2012
By the way, Christopher Thomas will be opposing Jesse Cramer in the 2013 election for District Judge. He's been gearing up around here and trying to get a campaign ready to go at the start of 2013. It's going to be difficult to take Cramer out, considering he's been in for so long, but I know Thomas, and I'm willing to bet he'll give him a good run for his money.
Eric Scholl

Pittsburgh, PA

#245 Apr 26, 2012
BVA suks big time. Higher taxes to support the blacks and white trash! The schools are a disgrace as is the whole community and their so called leaders!!!
Consider why

Charleroi, PA

#246 Apr 27, 2012
Eric Scholl wrote:
BVA suks big time. Higher taxes to support the blacks and white trash! The schools are a disgrace as is the whole community and their so called leaders!!!
Our higher taxes aren't supporting different races/cultures. They are supporting the excessive expenditures of past boards and the present board. If you can, think of the issues at hand that created these high taxes.

We had unnecessary spending at the stadium, 5 year contract with salaries uncomparable, the continuation of a kindergarten program that we cannot afford, buildings and a pool that never received proper maintenance, teacher hirings over and above the starting salary, overload of clerical staff, unnecessary lawsuits, health care payout on suspended employee, excessive titles (and salaries?) for the AD, and it goes on and on. All because of the BOARD MEMBERS. WheConsider whyn it's time for an election, those who wanted re elected could never make sound expenditure spending because they never wanted to jeopardize their votes.
It was all about THEM and their EGO, recognition in the community that they were a BVA board member.

BVA is a good district that could use improvement. I like our community but at election politicians get in that are not for the community but for themselves. We have to get those ones out, one by one. Don't vote for an incumbant, try a newcomer. If a newcomer doesn't do right, get them out in four.
Cassandra Hursh -student

Irwin, PA

#247 May 1, 2012
I go to Resolve West. I haven't read all of the comments on this post but can someone tell me whats going to happen to my school? Because I love it and so does everyone else there. We make progress like nowhere else. A lot of kids have already said about how if they have to go back to the public schools they'll drop out. And these kids are not exactly stupid by any means. My teachers and therapists, who come everyday to make sure we are okay and making progress and learning new things, they could be out of jobs if something happens. I get straight A's and nothing but going to this school. I've never made grades like that before, or have wanted to get up and go to school. I get the help I need there and so do the other 10 kids who go. I live in Hempfield but I take a bus to Belle Vernon HS everyday and I'm seeing Hempfield make insane cuts as well as Belle Vernon. Its scares me.......
bva taxpayer

Pittsburgh, PA

#248 May 3, 2012
what is resolve west? Does BVA have resolve west too?
Curious

Charleroi, PA

#249 May 3, 2012
bva taxpayer wrote:
what is resolve west? Does BVA have resolve west too?
It MAY be students coming from within Westmoreland County to our district. I may be wrong but possibly the teachers here are learning support assigned to our district by the IU. Of course there's learning support in every district, I'm baffled. Would like someone to clarify because I never heard of Resolve West.
Sabrina A Sanner

Canonsburg, PA

#250 May 7, 2012
I am another student attending Resolve West in BVA..
I live in Donegal,Pennsylvania. BVA is killing our school.
Here's something to take into mind for you schools are now being taken away over money just like everything else quite honestly if i were to leave BVA I will think about just quiting school all together
Sabrina A Sanner

Canonsburg, PA

#251 May 7, 2012
Eric Scholl wrote:
BVA suks big time. Higher taxes to support the blacks and white trash! The schools are a disgrace as is the whole community and their so called leaders!!!
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Learn more about our school before you judge.
Cassandra Hursh -student

Irwin, PA

#252 May 7, 2012
Resolve West is a licensed multi-site school-based partial hospitalization program that is designed for adolescents who require emotional support services, but whose needs cannot be met in the traditional education setting. The Resolve West program offers both specialized educational and mental health services in the least restrictive setting on a daily basis. The goal of Resolve West is to help adolescents remain with their families, return to their home school district setting as soon as possible, and actively participate in their communities.- From the website...there are ten students who attend this school not only do we get the one on one help we need because we are all learning support students, but we get the therapeutic help we need. I know it says the goal is for us to go back to our home schools but the thing is, none of us want to because of the way public schooling is all together. None of us do good in that kind of setting, at all. We all have a lot in common, a lot of similar stories to share, A LOT to learn from each other. The school itself because there are only 10 kids and 4 everyday staff members, is located in the field house of the high school. The superintendent doesn't want it there next year, but there is yet word of where its going to be IF there is going to be one. Im not trying to start conflict, just looking for answers and attempting to inform you guys of how great this place is for us. No other school does what Resolve does.
Cassandra Hursh -student

Irwin, PA

#253 May 7, 2012
It is organized by the IU and there is another Resolve in New Ken, but for us Hempfielders BVA is already a half hour - 45 minutes away.
WT taxpayer

Charleroi, PA

#254 May 8, 2012
Sabrina A Sanner wrote:
I am another student attending Resolve West in BVA..
I live in Donegal,Pennsylvania. BVA is killing our school.
Here's something to take into mind for you schools are now being taken away over money just like everything else quite honestly if i were to leave BVA I will think about just quiting school all together


Maybe the answer is for the IU to open a building which would be more accommodating for students and the travel time would be alot less. Furthermore, aren't the teachers learning support assigned by the IU to our district? I understand the situation from the students point of view but you students have to understand our financial mess and the tax burden the residents of this community are carrying. Money is a BIG factor here something this district does NOT have. Furthermore, IF the new superintendent doesn't want that building being used for your purposes, so be it, for he is calling the shots with the approval of the board.
Why not

Charleroi, PA

#255 May 8, 2012
Cassandra Hursh -student wrote:
Resolve West is a licensed multi-site school-based partial hospitalization program that is designed for adolescents who require emotional support services, but whose needs cannot be met in the traditional education setting. The Resolve West program offers both specialized educational and mental health services in the least restrictive setting on a daily basis. The goal of Resolve West is to help adolescents remain with their families, return to their home school district setting as soon as possible, and actively participate in their communities.- From the website...there are ten students who attend this school not only do we get the one on one help we need because we are all learning support students, but we get the therapeutic help we need. I know it says the goal is for us to go back to our home schools but the thing is, none of us want to because of the way public schooling is all together. None of us do good in that kind of setting, at all. We all have a lot in common, a lot of similar stories to share, A LOT to learn from each other. The school itself because there are only 10 kids and 4 everyday staff members, is located in the field house of the high school. The superintendent doesn't want it there next year, but there is yet word of where its going to be IF there is going to be one. Im not trying to start conflict, just looking for answers and attempting to inform you guys of how great this place is for us. No other school does what Resolve does.
If the superintendent wants to shut it down next year, why not have your parents attend the next board meeting which will be on Monday, May 21? They haven't announced the place but you could inquire or check their web site. If all those parents and students attended a meeting in support of an assistant for the musical director this school term, certainly you and your parents could do the same. I would think your cause is worthwhile.

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