Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A group of residents express support for a full-day kindergarten program at Moon Area School District.
Township residents last night expressed support for a full-day kindergarten program in the Moon Area School District, one week before the district's kindergarten round-up program gets underway. One parent told Moon Area School Board members that she is reconsidering enrolling her daughter in Moon's current half-day kindergarten because she believes students are not getting enough instructional time in the program. The district has been exploring the option of offering full-day kindergarten since 2007, but school board members have expressed concern that budget constraints in the upcoming academic year may prevent the district from adopting the program. Parents can enroll their children in Moon Area's kindergarten program next week …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The board made a series of appointments at its meeting
The Moon Township Board of Supervisors last night voted, 5-0, to appoint Marv Eicher as the board's new chairman, replacing former chairman Jim Vitale. The board also unanimously approved the re-appointment of Jeanne Crease as the township's manager, secretary and treasurer for the year and swore in supervisors Andrew Gribben and John Hertzer to six-year terms on the board. Gribben was named vice chairman of the board, and the board approved the appointment of resident John Wink as the board's vacancy board member. "I want to thank the other members of the board for electing me as the chairman," said Eicher, who has served on the board for eight years. "There's always the saying be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
View a version of the budget before the vote.
The Moon Board of Supervisors tonight will vote on approval of the township's 2012-2013 budget. The 2012-2013 budget maintains the property tax rate at 3.28 mills. The general operating budget for the year is $11.4 million. There will be $1.37 million transferred to the township's capital reserve fund for various projects, including summer road resurfacing. The board, which is slated to meet at 6 tonight in the Moon Municipal Building, approved a preliminary version of the budget at its Nov. 16 meeting. Click on the media above to view a complete version of document before the meeting, or visit the township's website. Check back with Patch for coverage of tonight's meeting.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Residents speak out against the board's purchase and its approval of personnel contracts.
The Moon Area School Board approved the purchase of property at 111 Bradley Drive as well as a list of undisclosed personnel items, drawing criticism from members of the public. Outgoing board members also made departing remarks Monday night during the board’s final televised meeting of its current term, with each recalling their service on the board. Board members Rosemarie Varsanik, Lisa Wolowicz, James Donohue and President Mark Scappe lost their re-election bids in the general election last week. Board member Nicholas Pollack was defeated in April’s municipal primary, and board member Mark Ulven did not seek re-election. Residents who attended the meeting denounced the board's passage of several items listed in general terms on the …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Commissioner reports that while expenses are rising, a tax increase is not in the works.
Crescent Township Commissioner Karen Patton told fellow board members last night that she had to make large cuts while creating the township's 2012 preliminary budget. "We really had to condense for 2012," Patton said. "Public works, the police department and insurance are taking up huge chunks of the budget and are costing us a lot more than they were even in 2009." Patton said while operating expenses were rising, the township was committed to not raising taxes, making it difficult to balance next year's budget. But she also said that she is pleased with the result of the preliminary budget, which she developed alongside township manager Patience Eckhardt. "Patience and I sat for hours and hours to work on this budget and our total is…