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January 13, 2021 Cranberry Local News

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Mars Area School Board approved a number of items during a work session Jan. 5, including:

- Limiting any real estate tax increase to the index of 3%, determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

- Judy Bippus as a confidential secretary to the superintendent, with salary and benefits totaling $55,651.

- Leave for Katherine Frye, Maghan Boland, Kiley Shine and Emily Banachoski.

- Leave for 12 unnamed district employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or Family Medical Leave Act.

- The resignation of Brendan McTigue, a custodian.

- Eliminating curriculum leader positions for world language; elementary math; high school business, computers and information systems; music; art; physical education; and library media

- Heather Rhea, Melissa Carchedi and Taylor Takacs as long-term substitute teachers, with salary and benefits totaling $51,916 each.

- Cami Shuck as a mentor for Melissa Carchedi, with a $600 prorated stipend.

- Adopting Policy 217 (graduation requirements).

- The board conducted executive sessions on Dec. 4 and Jan. 5 before and after the meeting for legal and personnel matters.

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