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The North Allegheny School District’s plan to give every first- through 12th-grader an iPad or laptop over four years will be helped by a tax increase approved Wednesday.

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The North Allegheny school board will likely vote Wednesday to increase taxes in order to avoid cuts to programs, including elimination of a popular one-to-one technology initiative.

The board will consider two versions of a $144.2 million budget. Both versions were requested by board members.

“The reason the board requested two budget scenarios is because we need to consider what things would look like if a millage increase is not approved this year,” said board President Tara Fisher. “For comparison purposes, it’s important that the board understand the nature and the extent of any proposed cuts necessary to balance the budget without a tax increase.”

The first budget scenario, which is recommended by administrators, would raise millage by 3.43 percent, or 0.5972 mills, the most allowed by Pennsylvania’s Act 1. That would give North Allegheny a tax rate of 18.001 mills, one of the lowest rates in Allegheny County.

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The Save NA Schools group continued to rack up victories for school board seats.

The group’s endorsed slate of three incumbents and three newcomers swept the Republican nominations for four- and two-year terms. Incumbent Joe Greenberg was defeated on both ballots, and longtime incumbent Maureen Grosheider’s name will appear only on the Democratic ballot in November.

Candidates whose names will appear on both tickets are incumbents Kevin Mahler, Libby Blackburn and Michael Meyer and newcomer Chris Finley for four-year terms, and newcomer Suzanne Filiaggi for a two-year term. Mrs. Blackburn was elected four years ago and Mr. Mahler two years ago. Mr. Meyer was appointed to the board last year.

Newcomer Chris Disque of McCandless won a Republican nomination and longtime incumbent Mrs. Grosheider won a Democratic nomination.

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Incumbent North Allegheny School Board member Joseph Greenberg did not make it past the May 19 primary, but the other candidates will move on to the general election in November, according to unofficial results from the Allegheny County Elections Division.

Challenger Suzanne Filiaggi received both the Democratic and Republican nominations for a two-year term and has won that seat unless there is a successful write-in campaign. She beat incumbent Maureen Grosheider, who sought only the Republican nomination for that seat.

“Transparency and accountability — that’s what we believe, and we are all humbled by the opportunity to serve as directors,” said Suzanne M. Filiaggi, 46. of Franklin Park. She was part of a slate that also included fellow challengers Christopher Disque and Christopher Finley and incumbents Libby Blackburn, Kevin Mahler and Michael C. Meyer.

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The North Allegheny school board approved a proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year that has a tax increase.

Members said, however, that they will be working before the final budget vote on June 24 to reduce or eliminate the 0.5972-mill increase. The increase would cost a homeowner with a $224,000 house an additional $133.77 per year.

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A huge thank you to the NA community for continuing to MOVE THE DISTRICT FORWARD!

These results mean that ALL of our candidates will proceed to the general election in November.

The election results, per the Allegheny County Elections Division, are shown below:

School Director- 4 year seat- Republican Ballot

Libby Blackburn      

Chris Disque 

Chris Finley                          

Mike Meyer                          

Kevin Mahler           

           

School Director- 2 year seat- Republican Ballot

Suzanne Filiaggi       

 

School Director- 4 year seat- Democratic Ballot

Libby Blackburn      

Chris Finley                          

Mike Meyer                          

Kevin Mahler           

Maureen Grosheider

 

School Director- 2 year seat- Democratic Ballot

Suzanne Filiaggi       

In a local election, every vote counts. Please get out and vote today. Your vote can make all the difference!
Vote Today to keep NA moving forward!

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The efforts of the NA community two years ago to bring change to the NA School Board will continue to be undermined if Maureen Grosheider and Joe Greenberg are re-elected on May 19. 
 
We need your vote to elect new candidates in their place.
 
Maureen Grosheider has been on the Board for 2 decades.  To increase her chances for re-election, she is running for both a 2-year and 4-year term at the same time.  Under Grosheider’s leadership, the Board raised taxes 3 years in a row, operated classes above class size guidelines, and relied on inaccurate projections that led to the failed recommendation to close a school.    
 
Joe Greenberg has supported a tax increase every year since he joined the Board.  Like Grosheider, he voted against the elementary class size policy.  When 11 elementary classes started the 2012-13 school year above the class size guidelines, Greenberg stated that implementing a class size policy like other districts was unnecessary.

Please support the 6 candidates who are committed to moving NA forward: FILIAGGI-FINLEY-MAHLER-MEYER-DISQUE-BLACKBURN.

To view the ballot for tomorrow’s election, please click here or see below.

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