A projected 2015-16 budget for the Bellefonte Area School District is estimated at $49.84 million.
On Tuesday, Ken Bean, the district’s director of fiscal affairs, unveiled a proposed 2015-16 budget that called for a 3.57 percent increase from the current school budget, and a 3.8 percent tax increase, according to a report from the district.
The document also showed that $18,663,029 of the budget would go toward salaries, and $12,555,043 go toward benefits.
Calling it a “conservative plan,” Bean said the predictions were made if the basic instruction subsidy from the state increases by 2 percent and the special education subsidy remained flat, among other factors.
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“I’m not saying this is what it will be,” Bean said.
Last year, a similar “worst-case scenario” budget plan was also created, Bean said.
Although it originally called for $46.985 million with a 3.6 percent tax increase, the final budget was passed at $46.19 million with no tax increase.
Next month, the school board will vote on the proposed budget.
In March, the state will release its education budget.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, a new board president was also named.
The term lasts for one year.
“I’m committed to customer service, and hope to increase community and school engagement,” she said. “I think both are an integral part of student success.”
Moorehead, of Bellefonte, is the mother of one daughter in the district, and another who graduated in June.
She has been on the board for two years.