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The Wyoming Area School District Board of Directors was given a proposed preliminary budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

The report, prepared by business consultant Tom Melone, reflects an expense over revenue amount of $558,000.

Melone warned professional contracts that haven't been finalized from past years could cause problems for the board.

Over the next several months, Melone said he will meet with the board and public and review the budget, line-by-line.

A final budget is due by June.

John Bolin, who was elected president of the board at its reorganization meeting earlier this month, appointed board committee leaders

Appointed were Frank Casarella as chair of the finance committee; Elizabeth Gober-Mangan as chair of the education committee; Deanna Farrell as chair of the activities and police committees; Carl Yanora Jr. as chair of the buildings and grounds committee; Mary Louise Degnan as chair of the bids committee; Gil Dominck as chair of the policy and transportation committees and Estelle Campenni as chair of the technology committee.

Mary Louise Degnan, the former policy chair, complained she was moved to the bids committee where she said she had little experience. She repeatedly asked Bolin for his reasoning behind the switch.

He repeatedly replied that it was his discretion on who heads each committee and it was his opinion that she was to head the bids committee.

The board approved two days as makeup days that were lost when Hurricane Sandy hit. Tuesday, April 2, and Tuesday June 11, will replace Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

Wyoming Area Superintendent Ray Bernardi announced the district is participating in Luzerne County Safe Schools Committee, a coordinated initiative to make schools safer for students coordinated by the Luzerne Intermediate Unit. He said the district is currently conducting a security audit.

The board debated paying for Wyoming Area Athletic Director Joe Pizano to attend the Athletic Director's Conference at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey from Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15. The cost was not to exceed $800 and mileage reimbursement was requested. The board ultimately tabled the motion.

Bernardi announced the district will honor Simon Si Bernosky, a late Wyoming Area educator, athletic director and one of the highly successful varsity basketball coaches in the State of Pennsylvania. A photo from the 1970-1971 District II championship team Bernosky coached will hang in the gymnasium area. He was a dedicated employee of the district for 20 years and guided the sports program from the early years of the merger until his retirement in 1988, Bernardi said.

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