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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 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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The North Allegheny school board Wednesday approved a final budget without a tax increase.

The board voted 6-3 in favor of the $139.5 million budget that holds the tax rate at 17.4039 mills.

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The North Allegheny School Board approved a policy Wednesday that sets limits on elementary class sizes.

According to the policy, the administration will set the number of sections according to how many students are enrolled 30 days before the first day of school.

No more than 24 students can be in kindergarten through second grade, 27 students in third grade and 29 students in fourth and fifth grades.

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The North Allegheny School Board approved a proposed final budget Wednesday that does not raise taxes, but seeks to fund repairs to three buildings by a bond issue.

The district is looking at $8 million in renovations to Bradford Woods Elementary, $11.6 million to Marshall Elementary; and $14.9 million to Marshall Middle School, according to a 2012 study. All were built or last renovated in the early 1990s.

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Some North Allegheny school board members say it’s time to consider asking tax-exempt nonprofits to chip in to help balance the district’s budget, especially because a preliminary spending plan for 2014-15 is showing a $7.3 million deficit.

Board Vice President Tara Fisher is proposing payment-in-lieu-of-tax programs, agreements under which nonprofits and other organizations contribute to government entities.

“We’ve seen it work with other school districts, when there are nonprofit organizations that are within their borders,” said Fisher, one of three members who joined the board this month.

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At last night’s school board meeting, the board approved the preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year. The board also approved the resignation of School Board Member Beth Ludwig.

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