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Easton School Board reluctantly approves Northampton CC budget

By Kris Rile, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Mar 26 2013 10:26:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 27 2013 06:18:02 AM CDT
EASTON, Pa. -

The Easton School Board approved the Northampton Community College proposed 2013-14 budget Tuesday night by a 6-3 vote.

Board Members Robert Moskaitis, Frank Pintabone, and Board Vice President William Rider voted against the proposed budget.  Rider and Moskaitis explained their opposing vote by referencing the increase in the proposed budget. Rider elaborated by explaining that the concern of the School District is “K-12.”

The portion of the 2012-13 Northampton Community College budget that Easton School District was responsible for was in the amount of $1,176,768. The portion that Easton will be responsible for in the proposed 2013-14 Budget is an increase of 1.75%, totaling $1,196,645.

“We are trying to balance a budget and provide for our children. I don’t think it’s fair for the community college to increase their budget,” said Pintabone.

Board Member Kerri Leonard-Ellison disagreed with her fellow board members and expressed her approval regarding the proposed budget.

“Northampton Community College is an unbelievable facility that has enabled many Easton students to take college level courses in high school,” commented Leonard-Ellison.

“Our students in many ways get a lot from it while they are still our students in K-12,” she continued.

The budget was approved by the board, along with the Easton Public Library, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20, and the Career Institute of Technology proposed budgets for the 2013-14 school year.