MOUNT CARMEL - With the approval of their retirements, the Mount Carmel Area School District will lose three "valuable pillars" in June at the elementary school.

At its meeting Thursday, the school board approved the resignations of elementary Title I reading teacher Judith Matukaitis, elementary principal's office secretary Gloria Slater and elementary kitchen manager Roseanne Meyer.

"Mrs. Matukaitis has been valuable in teaching our kids to read," elementary principal Sue Nestico said. "Mrs. Slater has been helpful to our kids when they need to call home and Mrs. Meyer has kept our students fed. They are all going to be missed by me and all the staff."

"As a board, we want to express our gratitude to these individuals for their dedication to the Mount Carmel Area School District," board President Thomas Ditchey said. "These valuable pillars of the school will be missed."

Voting yes on the retirement were Ditchey, Donna James, Michael Brinkash, Robert Muldowney, Bill Brecker, Tony Mazzatesta, Joseph Zanella, Michael Rovito and Raymond Kraynak.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a $5,200 shooting machine for use with the boys and girls basketball teams. It acts as an automatic rebounder, instantly rebounding a made or missed shot and giving a direct return pass for another shot.

The district will spend only $4,000 on the machine after contributions of $500 each from the boys and girls team booster clubs and $200 from the Mount Carmel Area Educational Foundation.

Ditchey cast the lone "no" vote. "It has nothing to do with the teams," he said. "In light of our budget problems, I just can't support this expenditure."

The board pulled a motion from the agenda to approve a final 2014-15 budget of $17,454,630.89 and authorize it for advertisement and 30 days of public inspection.

In February, Mount Carmel Area approved a preliminary budget of $17.6 million with a possible one-mill tax increase. With Thursday's no vote, the board also approved the advertising of two special meetings, one at the end of May and another at the end of June, for general purposes and to pass the budget.