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Westmoreland Board approves increased funding for school budget

Last week, the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors approved $263,715 in increased funding for the Westmoreland County School Budget.  The additional money was requested by the Westmoreland County School Board and will come from federal grants.


The Board of Supervisors approved increased funding as follows:  $22,059 for the Instructional Category; $10,641 for Transportation;  $63,248 for Technology; $164,321 for the Grants Category; and $3,466 for the Food Service Budget.

School Board officials said all of the funds will come from federal grants which were unspent as of June 30, or from additional federal funds or state funds for rural or low-income area schools.

The Board of Supervisors also approved increased funding for the Department of Social Services in the amount of $127,228.  These funds will be used for the county’s foster care expenses and will also come from state and federal grants.

Also on Monday, the Board of Supervisors approved a lease between the county’s Industrial Development Authority and the Board of Supervisors in its capacity as the governing body of the Placid Bay Sanitary District.  The lease approval will allow work on several dams and roads in the Placid Bay community to  proceed with appropriate legal authority.

Roads in the Placid Bay community have gone from bad to worse over the past several years as a result of storms and flooding that was especially damaging in 2011. After Tropical Storm Lee dumped almost two-feet of rain on the area two years ago, three man-made dams in the community gave way to flash flooding.

There are more than 30 roads in the Placid Bay community that are unpaved and badly in need of improvement.  The construction plan calls for using the estimated $60,000 a year in taxes paid by residents of the Placid Bay Sanitary District along with matching funds from the state and federal governments to pave and repair roads, according to a long-range prioritized plan.

The Westmoreland Board also approved the reappointment of three members of the Industrial Development Authority.  They are Stanley Dixon, Stephen Allen and James W. Latane, Jr.  Three other incumbent members of the IDA are expected to be re-appointed at the Board’s January meeting.

 

— Richard Leggitt

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