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Cleveland Hill buildings and grounds budget up $552

The Cleveland Hill School Board heard a buildings and grounds budget request Wednesday night, during a 45-minute presentation from Wayne Weiser, head custodian for the district.

A vote on next year’s school budget will be held in May.

“There’s no such thing as padding a budget,” Weiser said. “There’s no such thing as padding a line item.”

The total buildings and grounds request for next year’s budget is about $937,000. This includes equipment, contractual expenses, materials and supplies and other necessities like gas, electricity and telephones. The total increase from this year is $552. Pending items – such as shades in the cafeteria, playground slide replacement and cafeteria camera installation – come to about $32,500.

“We’re all in this district together,” Weiser said. “We’re all on this journey for a career. … My job, for you guys, has got to be flawless.”

Robert Polino, board president, noted the district has emergency funds in the event of his potential lack of flawlessness.

“I just want to thank Wayne for the diligent work and going back through three to four years of purchase orders (for this budget),” said Superintendent Jon MacSwan.

The board then went into an executive session.

When the meeting, resumed, the board discussed “time-out rooms” for students. They would be used only after parents have had an opportunity to tour them and they could not be used with students who are self-injurious or suicidal. Time limits were also discussed, along with other safety measures and parameters.

A vote on the rooms is pending, said Polino, the board president.

Additionally, the board approved a music department trip to Philadelphia for May 5-7.

In other matters:

• Cleveland Hill may get roughly $250,000 in increased general state aid, the district recently learned, under the governor’s proposal;

• Less than $20,000 will have to be raised in the tax levy under the tax cap limit;

• The elementary school student of the month for December is Wendy Powers;

• The middle school student for December is Christian Gallo;

• The high school student for December is Mary D’Amaro.

“We see that our students of the month always have family support, so we thank you for that,” Polino said, adding the teaching and support staffs also have a great deal to do with students’ success.